“Colin's words were personal, relevant, and spoke directly to the people in the room. His energy during our live auction and raise the paddle kept everyone focused and eager to join our cause. In large part because of Colin's talent as an auctioneer, passion for our cause, and focused engagement with our audience, we raised more than twice our goal for the night! We were in total shock and couldn't be happier with Colin's leadership up front. We'll be lucky to have him back next year!"
- Teresa Hillis, Director, 30/30 Project
The newest of the Northup Fundraising family, Colin is a Northwest-grown auctioneer and fundraiser. He is experienced in everything from small, intimate events, to fundraisers that take in hundreds of thousands of dollars. He uses a unique blend of humor, compassion, and dedication to the goals of his clients in each event he takes on. He has worked for the YES Foundation, The Two Feet Project, Construction for Change, and the 30/30 Project, among others.
“I love to engage with an audience, make them feel comfortable with me, and let them know I am there to have as much fun as possible and raise as much money as possible. I feel like I have great natural instincts when it comes to reading rooms, and can change my delivery quickly to meet the mood of the event. If a joke is needed, I am ready. If a story or moment of compassion will help the moment be the most successful, I am equally as ready. I love all aspects of fundraising events, from live auctions to paddle raises.”
In addition to his auctioneering work, Colin is a part of the English faculty of North Seattle College. In addition, he is a freelance writer and part-time actor, working in projects that range from REI commercials to Macklemore music videos. Colin lives in Kirkland with his wife, Dawn, and their baby boy, Davis.
"If you have ever found yourself scrambling to secure great auctioneer for your upcoming signature event, you will understand how relieved and thrilled I was to “find” Colin McArthur. Colin hit it out of the park as he served in a hybrid role as auctioneer and master of ceremonies. Colin delivered a great mixture of energy, humor, and heartfelt compassion throughout the evening which enabled us to raise a record level of resources for the important mission of Construction for Change. Colin demonstrated a profound ability to put people at ease and connect with the audience on a personal level throughout the evening. We could not have been more pleased and are eager to invite him back for our 10th anniversary event next year! "
- Kevin Hunter, Executive Director, Construction for Change