Jo Maeder brings a special blend of storytelling and philanthropic passion to CBA. She’s a bestselling author, former New York City radio DJ, and longtime entrepreneur. Her benefit auctioneering—as well as onsite work with the mobile bidding company OneCause (BidPal)—has given her a front row seat to fundraising at the highest level. She also holds an Event Development Certificate from Duke University and understands everything that goes into putting on a successful and memorable gala.
Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she loves helping nonprofits everywhere raise funds, fulfill their mission, and increase supporter engagement and loyalty. She knows the latest trends and innovative techniques to keep your biggest annual event evolving and fresh. Like everyone at CBA, she can consult on timeline, program, auction items, interactive games, mobile bidding, social media, FOMO, and procuring luxury travel experience packages. Though licensed to auction everything from cattle to candelabras, she only does benefit auctioneering.
Photo credits: Katie Hanzalik, John Gessner, Tiffany McLaurin.
As a radio DJ, I interviewed scores of stars from the Bee Gees to Michael Jackson and became comfortable with a microphone and High Net Worth individuals. In 2003, a family crisis pulled me from New York City to Greensboro, NC. I cared for my mother with Alzheimer's at the end of her life, certain I’d be back in New York in a few years. As the saying goes, “Man plans. God laughs.” The experience was a life-changer. She passed in 2006. I wrote a memoir about it (When I Married My Mother) and stayed in the Tar Heel State. I became a writer full-time, but it required a lot of isolation and self-focus.
I began working for OneCause. At my first event I watched Ben Farrell, founder of Custom Benefit Auctions, raise over $1,000,000 for ALS! I realized I had the perfect background to be a benefit auctioneer. Plus, I always wanted to be a philanthropist. The donations flow through me and back out to the cause. I love every minute and still have time to write. I look forward to helping you attain your goals and making the world a better place.
Professional Benefit Auctioneer