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Log in for the First Time and Buy Tickets 


  1. Click or text cb2020gala to 76278

  2. Click Sign In in the upper right corner

  3. Create a Username and Password

  4. Check Terms and Conditions

  5. Check Text Messages (for bids, purchases and event announcements)

  6. Click Create my GiveSmart account

  7. On the next page, make your ticket selection.  Your purchase summary or cart will update with a total.

  8. Click Save and Continue

  9. Enter credit card information

  10. Check the I'm not a robot and click Pay to complete payment

  11. You will receive an email thank you and receipt.  The email includes Your Personal Link to bid which is tied to your credit card.  The email subject reads, Notification – College Bound.

  12. If you used the mobile ap, you will receive a text message welcome and link in blue that activates your account.


Use Your Login and Buy Tickets

  1. Click or text cb2020gala to 76278

  2. Click on Sign In in the upper right corner.

  3. Enter your username and password

  4. Click Buy Tickets

  5. Answer ticket questions and add additional attendees

  6. Click Save and Continue

  7. Enter credit card information and complete payment

  8. Check Terms and Conditions

  9. Check Text Messages (for bids, purchases and event announcements)

  10. Check the I'm not a robot and click Pay

  11. Once an order is submitted, purchaser registration is automatically complete

  12. You will receive an email thank you and receipt.  The email includes Your Personal Link to bid which is tied to your credit card.  The email subject reads, Notification – College Bound.  

  13. If you used the mobile app, you will receive a text message welcome and link in blue that activates your account.

Forgot Username or Password

  1. Click

  2. Click Forgot Username or Password below the username and password box.

  3. You will be asked to enter your phone number and a PIN will be texted to your phone.

  4. Enter the PIN in the Username or Password box to reset your information.

How to Bid

  1. Click and sign in.

  2. View Items by category or search by Item number or name.

  3. Click the item of interest to view the description as well as the current bid and or price.

  4. The system will auto-populate the bid amount based on the set increment for the item.

  5. a. Choose to bid at the set amount or higher.

  6. Click Bid

How to Place an Auto Bid

Allow the system to automatically bid up to a designated amount for you. The system will bid incrementally up to the amount designated 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.

How to Receive Your Items and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q - How will I pay for the donations I have made and or the items I have won?


A - Since we will not have a physical check out station, we will be using "Self Checkout."

Once the auction closes you will need to:

Click on "PAY" at the top screen.

Review the purchase summary.

Enter a credit card or use the one on file.

Select "Click Here to Pay."

Once payment is completed, a Red Pay Stamp appears over your transaction.

Q - How will I receive the items I have won?


A - College Bound AZ will begin contacting all winners on Monday, October 26th, to discuss the pickup/delivery/shipping option of your items.  You can also email us at

Q - What if there is a discrepancy on my checkout screen?


A - DO NOT complete the checkout process and contact the College Bound AZ office ASAP at 602-550-3161, and we will work with you to review and rectify any issues.

Q - What if I forget to check out at the end of the event?

A - You will receive a text message asking you to please finish the check out process.  If you do not check out in 14 days, we will process the credit card on file for your charges.

Q - What if I want to pay by check/money order?


A - Please contact the College Bound AZ office at 602-550-3161, and we will walk you through the payment process.

Our Need and Impact

College Bound AZ has continued operating and even been on the front lines of the COVID-19 health crisis.  We delivered laptop computers to students locked down in their homes during the COVID pandemic for them to continue the college admissions process.  We have incurred close to $80,000 in unbudgeted expenses for increased staffing, conducting enhanced sanitizing, purchasing PPE and other new safety procedures.  Going forward, College Bound AZ is facing another large shortfall in its next fiscal year's operating budget due to this crisis and the high need for family education support. 


We hope you will consider making a monetary donation today.  


Please make monetary donations here.


Did you know.....

**Since 2010, College Bound AZ has helped more than 3,000 disadvantaged youth with education services that will end the cycle of poverty.  


**Last year, College Bound AZ ensured 54 low-income students received four years paid tuition and fees to attend Arizona State University, equaling $4.5 million in financial awards. Our students include those from the foster care system and special needs students.

**Last year, we became a Certified Autism Center to better serve our students with disabilities.  We connect families with college resources that will help a student with special needs thrive.  10% of our student population have special needs.  Training is renewed every year.


**Each year we provide more than 1,500 pounds of food and hygiene items to community college students. Students and young families benefit from our programs that help keep students in college until they can finish.  About 500 students each month are served by our Fueling Minds with Heart program. 


**Last year, underrepresented students in our 8th grade program performed 250 hours of community service collectively.  Research shows that an education rife with experiences builds resiliency for college and college completion. Community service, field trips, grade point average management, and career selection are captured on a resume for each student and becomes a framework for high school career and college readiness activities. 


**91 cents of every dollar we raise goes directly into program services.  The money you donate stays local and helps local people.


All of these accomplishments would not be possible without your support.  Thank you in advance for helping us build lives each and every day. 

Schedule of Events



Monday, October 19, 2020

10:00 am Silent Auction (AZ time)


The video, Igniting the Journey 2020 UnGala kicks off the College Bound AZ auctions. 

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Live Auction Extended!

Closes Sunday, October 25, 2020

5:00 PM


We made great strides in our virtual auction, but it's not over yet! We hit some technical difficulties, so the auction remains open until Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 PM. 

Watch this video - we recap what the auction has to offer!



Return to Auction Site


See the video link of our Igniting the Journey 2020 UnGala


Because 2020 marked 10 years of helping disadvantaged students get to college, College Bound AZ was ready to host its 10th Anniversary Masquerade Ball and Fundraiser on October 22, 2020-- then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Like many nonprofits, CBAZ made the tough decision to pivot and offer a virtual event--an UnGala if you will.  We have garnered the support of the community and now have many items to auction at the UnGala October 19 - October 22, 2020.   


As you know, we have been open during this entire crisis, assisting our youth and caring for some of our community's most-vulnerable who have no place else to turn. As a result of our virtual event, and unanticipated costs from this pandemic, our initially projected a budgetary shortfall is about $80,000 for the current fiscal year ending June 30, and we want to make it up at the virtual event - we need your support.


Our first-ever UnGala virtual event, Igniting the Journey 2020 will feature a night of fun activities and opportunities to support College Bound AZ.  


Thank you in advance for your support and we hope you will Igniting the Journey of future leaders with us!!


A message from our Executive Director

Elizabeth Paulus

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Everyone who buys an auction ticket will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Kohl’s gift card and receive a coupon to dine at The Bistro 13 - Global Cuisine by EVIT, 1353 W. Main Street, Mesa AZ. 


Thursday, October 22, 2020

5:30 pm Virtual Cocktail Hour: (AZ time)


Watch Parties rank their favorite Frank Sinatra songs at, then listen and enjoy Riley Elmore from The Voice as he sings them through the auction link.  


Pizza and wine are delivered to 10-person Watch Party raffle winners.

Watch Parties post in Facebook photos of who represents their Watch Party theme best. Tag us @CollegeBoundMesa to be in the poll!


"Best Watch Party Theme" Announced: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm (AZ time).  Winners receive a $20 gift card to the Outback.


Listen to music in the comfort of your home and join in our trivia games.


6:45 pm Bidding Instructions:  (AZ time)


Guests learn how to make bids and see a pre-view of the live auction items


7:00 pm Live Auction/Fund-a-Dream: (AZ time)


The live auction kicks off to rousing music.

Guests learn about the College Bound AZ story through videos and stories.


The live auction excitement builds to a crescendo of blessings.


8:00 pm Celebration: (AZ time)


A very big thank you to all and especially the sponsors for our Igniting the Journey 2020 UnGala


The Watch Party Theme winner, the Watch Party leading the fundraising, and the Kohl's gift card winner are announced.


Friday, October 23, 2020

5:00 pm Silent Auction Closes:  (AZ time)


The Watch Party members raising the most funds receive a $20 gift card to the Outback.


For help: 602-550-3161



How to Check Out of the Auction

  1. Guests can start at their Pay tab visible on their phone, review their purchases, then use the credit card data, or enter credit card data, to pay. 

  2. The credit card you have on file will be used.  A credit card can also be added if not on file. Other methods are also available such as check or cash.  College Bound AZ will update the system when the payment is received. 

  3. If paying by mobile phone, guest will visit the last text message that listed payment instructions and also linked them to their Pay tab at the top of the screen. Or go straight to the Pay tab. 

  4. When processed, the electronic summary will have the word PAID on it, signaling the guest can retrieve their item. 

  5. The guest will receive an email receipt. 


Watch Party Photo Instructions

  1. Take photo or selfie of “Best Watch Party Theme” guest  

  2. Guest uploads photo to their Facebook. 

  3. Before finishing the post, tag College Bound AZ in the post by typing @CollegeBoundMesa. #cb2020gala #collegeboundaz #risescholars #highered #college #fosteryouth #highereducation @arizonastateuniversity @gilbertchamberofcommerce @mesa.chamber.of.commerce @gogilbert @arizonastateuniversityalumni @arizonastateuniveristysundevils

  4. Photo will appear on the College Bound AZ page and can be viewed by others for polling purposes.  Results will be announced at 8 pm, Thursday October 22, 2020 


We Need Your Support Today!

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