How to Use the GiveSmart System

First, create a registration account on GiveSmart in order to place bids. You will need to put a credit card on file in order to place bids. Your card will only be charged if you are the highest bidder when the auction closes. 

After you complete the registration, you will receive a welcome text message. Click the link in the text to open the bidding page on your mobile device. You can also bid on your desktop by going to

You are now ready to browse and bid on auction items, or make a donation to support HOPE Network's programs!

How to bid 

A single bid can be placed as a one time bid for any amount. 

  1. View Items by category or search by Item number or name.
  2. Click the item of interest to view the description as well as the current bid.
  3. The system will auto-populate the bid amount based on the set increment for the item.
  4. Choose to bid at the set amount or higher.
  5. Click Bid.

How to place an auto bid

An auto bid can be placed and set at the maximum amount you are willing to spend. With auto bid, the system will place your bid at the minimum amount needed to lead. When you are outbid, the system will bid automatically for you until your maximum is reached. The system will bid incrementally up to the amount you set as long as someone else places a bid against you. If no one bids against your auto bid, the price remains the same.

  1. Click the item of interest 
  2. Click the Auto Bid tab
  3. Enter in the maximum amount you would like to bid
  4. Click Bid. 

Note: When two bids are placed for the same amount, the bid placed first based on the timestamp wins. Timestamps are set when the initial bid is placed, for auto bids this is when a maximum was set not when the system prompted the bid to win.

Watch a video

Click here to watch a video showing how to place bids


Please contact with any questions you have about using GiveSmart to bid on items or make a donation.