About Us

Founded in 1999, BenefitEvents pioneered online fundraising auctions, and we look forward to sharing this broad experience with you. We will be your collaborator in developing an online strategy, and in refining the tactics that will enhance your fundraising and friendraising efforts. Our administrative tools assure simplicity and efficiency. Your goals will be our goals.


Our Commitment

BenefitEvents is committed to providing the highest level of personal support and customization. We offer a boutique service attentive to the unique needs of each client -- it's the difference between couture and ready to wear!

You will have one dedicated consultant throughout your project who will guide you in the use of our auction tools and provide ongoing strategic consultation.

Our mission is your successful fundraiser!


Our History

Initially dedicated to art auctions for cultural nonprofits, BenefitEvents quickly embraced the extraordinary diversity of America's charitable organizations and their tradition of auction-based fundraising.

BenefitEvents has continued to refine and elaborate its original platform in close collaboration with its clients. With its roots in the fine arts, a concern for aesthetics has been a constant, and that attention to detail is reflected in our unsurpassed customer service.


Our Philosophy

We view online auctions as an important and essential component of every non-profit’s online marketing strategy and one of the best tools to raise funds, promote engagement, and build community.

We believe that each organization needs to pursue their fundraising goals in a way that is consistent with their identity and mission and we will assist you in creating a unique online development strategy.

Jim Wintner, Founder and CEO

Jim is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Later studies in Urban Planning and Architecture, and a long career in fine design and fine press publishing, inspired a passion for the arts that merged with Jim's tech background to create two pioneering web portals: Colophon Page for limited edition books and PhotoArts for fine art photography. conducted the first online fine art photography auction in 1998! The ground-breaking online auction software, developed under Jim's direction, evolved into a full-fledged platform for online fundraising, and was born.

Since 1999, BenefitEvents has provided charitable and cultural organizations innovative solutions and guidance to accomplish their online fundraising goals. "I take great pride in the contributions we have made to nonprofits of all sizes and types, helping them raise vital funds and build community. I am committed to your success!”


Our Services

Mobile Bidding

Mobile bidding offers the convenience of anywhere, anytime bidding; the elimination of paper bid sheets; SMS outbid notifications; and instant event accounting. Our auction interface uses “responsive design,” which automatically configures for desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Contact us to discuss how to deploy mobile bidding at your next event.

Important Standard Features:

  • Unlimited phone and email support.
  • Donations and Ticketing.
  • Secure Payment Back-end with batch payment processing to your Stripe account.
  • Customized winning bidder notifications.
  • Full range of downloadable Excel docs for Registered Bidders, Winning Bidders, Complete Item Data.
  • Direct Donor Data entry option.
  • Batch upload of item data from Excel.
  • Customized projections for live events.

Looking for auction items?

Look no further. We are pleased to recommend the offerings of TravelPledge. We have made these offerings easily available to our clients by programming a direct integration between their catalog of fun experiences and your BE online auction catalog.

You can upload – with one click – the entire collection of items you select from Travel Pledge. Combine your TravelPledge selections with donated items from supporters for a successful auction lineup!

TravelPledge's inventory includes golf, B&B stays, wine tastings, luxury vacations and much more. Their unique program is designed so you'll generate a meaningful donation even at the starting bid.

For further information, see this help article or contact


  • • 8% of successful auction bids up to $25K;
  • • 5% of bids above that amount.
  • • First time clients receive 10% discount.
  • • Auctions that have less than $6250 in bids pay a flat, minimum fee of $500.
  • • No minimum fee for additional events within 12 month period.
  • • This minimum fee is paid as a deposit.
  • • Donations are processed without charge.
  • • Basic ticketing processed without charge.
  • * Please note: the fee for additional events is based on the cumulative gross receipts for a 12 month cycle. (i.e, when your total gross auction transactions exceed $25K, your fee drops to 5%)

Our Guarantee:

If you are not completely satisfied with our services, there will be no cost to you beyond the auction deposit.


Contact us


88 Hillyndale Rd.
Storrs Mansfield CT 06268