The 2020 G4G Auction Fundraiser is now closed!

Many thanks to everyone who participated.

The auction included over 85 auction items including artwork, one-of-a-kind puzzles, games, rare books, mentoring sessions, virtual magic performances, and so much more. On eBay for Charity, 100% of the revenue was donated to G4G. On our partner websites, 15% of gross sales from this week was donated to G4G.

You can still support the G4G Foundation with a tax deductible donation at any time. Click the button below:

Purpose & Goal

The G4G Foundation is recovering from pandemic losses due to postponing the G4G conference to next year (April 7-11, 2021). In addition, there are short-term and long-term initiatives that could benefit from additional funds. We hope to continue to support the mission of G4G and we need the help of our community of people who share the curiosity and the playful exchange of ideas , math, magic, literature, and puzzles.

Fundraising Goal

Since this is the first time G4G has ever attempted an online auction fundraiser, it’s a bit difficult to predict what we might be able to raise and to set goals. However, given the fantastic quality and quantity of items donated for the auction, we hope to raise $10K, with a stretch goal of $20K. Every little bit helps!

Use of Funds

In the short-term, G4G is in the process of merging the G4G and CoM websites and making CoM events system and event resources more accessible and searchable online. In addition, G4G would like to organize all gift exchange paper PDFs in an archive database that is searchable by author, event year, and category.

Also, keep an eye out for upcoming news about this year’s unique Celebration of Mind outreach videos!

In the long-term, G4G plans to print G4G14 exchange books, publish G4G14 presentation videos and exchange papers on the website, and help fund G4G14 scholarships.

Zoom Auction Preview

  • Hosted By:  Bob Hearn
  • What:  The Zoom Auction Preview featured a few special G4G-style presentations, it provided details on how the auction will work, and showcased a selection of auction items. Check out this sneak peek at the wide-ranging list of exciting and exclusive items!

Zoom Auction Preview Timestamps:

00:20 – Bob Hearn – introduction and auction explanation

05:00 – G4G branded face mask give-away

05:45 – John Conway’s traveling backgammon game

06:00 – Autographed books

07:15 – Adam Rubin – ceramic puzzle/magic trick

16:25 – Tiago Hirth – mathematical games and mentoring

22:50 – Vickie Kearn – book proposal mentoring

25:55 – Matt Baker – The Buena Vista Shuffle Club signed book

31:05 – Roy Leban – puzzles & The Conjurer’s Almanaq

40:15 – Frank Farris – sculpture

42:20 – Kate Jones – Kadon Enterprises puzzles

48:15 – George Hart – sculpture

50:30 – Robert Fathauer – ceramic möbius sculpture

55:40 – Mark Burstein – signed book, tour of Alice collection, mentoring

1:02:00 – Tom Noddy – virtual Bubble Magic show

1:19:45 – Susan Goldstine – beaded pendant

1:30:35 – Jane & John Kostick – wooden puzzle & metal star sculpture

1:40:00 – Nick Baxter – puzzles

1:45:50 –Bob Hearn – wrap up

Online Auction Fundraiser

  • When:  Sunday, November 8 through Sunday, November 15, 2020
  • Timing:  Auction items will open for bidding between 10 and 11am PT and each individual auction item will close at the same time one week later. Individual auction items opening/closing times will be intentionally staggered to allow participants to more easily bid on multiple items.
  • Where: eBay for Charity and Partner Sites (see details below)
  • What: 
    • A wide variety of items have been donated that will spark the imaginations of the G4G community and like-minded friends. These items will be posted for auction via eBay for Charity where 100% of proceeds will go to support the G4G Foundation.
    • At the same time, a few e-commerce websites have partnered with G4G to donate 15% of proceeds received during the auction to the G4G Foundation.
  • What kinds of items will be in the auction?
Puzzles & Games

Puzzles &

Books & Magazines

Books &

Artwork & Sculpture

Artwork & Sculpture

Magic Shows, Performances, & Tours

Magic Shows, Performances, & Tours

Virtual Mentoring & Tutoring

Virtual Mentoring & Tutoring

  • Can I donate an item/service to be auctioned?
    • Not for this auction. But if it goes well we may plan additional fundraiser auctions in the future.
  • How does shipping work?
    • For eBay auction items, winning bidders will be responsible for covering shipping costs, which will be paid as part of the eBay purchase. Winning bidders may also be invoiced separately via PayPal after the auction closes for additional shipping insurance coverage. 
    • For Partner Sites, please contact the site owner for shipping details.
  • Is my purchase tax deductible?
    • If you donate an item to the G4G auction, the fair market value of your items is tax deductible.
    • If you bid on an item on G4G’s eBay for Charity site, only the portion of the bid ABOVE the fair market value is tax deductible.
    • If you purchase an item on one of our Partner Sites below, your purchase is NOT tax deductible. However, 15% of your purchase will be donated to the G4G Foundation.
    • G4G will provide official tax deduction letters to all eBay auction participants (donors & bidders) after the auction concludes.
    • Consult your tax advisor for your specific circumstances.

Who Can Participate

The Online Auction Fundraiser is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join! This includes G4G past attendees as well as the general public. You don’t have to have a history with G4G to participate. In fact, we’d love new people to discover the G4G Foundation through this auction. So please share with your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. The more bids the better!

How to Participate

Puzzles & Games  Puzzles & Games

Six-Axis Star Sculpture
A foldable bronze star made of 30 bronze rods that bypass one another symmetrically around the center – donated by Jane & John Kostick.

Books & Magazines  Books & Magazines

Collection of 13 of the 14 original issues of Recreational Mathematics Magazine
Published and edited by Joseph S. Madachy from 1961 to 1964, these original issues are in excellent condition – donated by Mike Giesler.

Artwork & Sculpture  Artwork & Sculpture

3-Half-Twists Möbius Band Ceramic Sculpture by Robert Fathaeur
This hand-built ceramic sculpture has the form of a Möbius band with three half twists. Made by Robert Fathauer in 2020 and signed by the artist, it measures approximately 6.5″ (16 cm) across.

Magic Shows, Performances, & Tours  Magic Shows, Performances, & Tours

Magic Show Book with Bonus Pieces and Virtual Performance by Mark Setteducati
Mark Setteducati’s out-of-print amazing Magic Show pop-up book and an inside look on how to make the tricks more amazing and a virtual performance by Mark.

Virtual Mentoring & Tutoring  Virtual Mentoring & Tutoring

Book Proposals with Vickie Kearn
Vickie Kearn will work with someone to develop a book proposal and suggest possible publishers.