Kathy’s Bio

About Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS

An award-winning thought leader in fundraising auctions, professional auctioneer and consultant, Kathy Kingston has raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations across the country for over 28 years. She founded Kingston Auction Company in 1986. Specializing in benefit auctions, she consistently empowers nonprofit and educational organizations to exceed their fundraising goals and offers a wealth of practical strategies for revenue enhancement and donor engagement.

Kathy’s new book published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. A Higher Bid! How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Benefit Auctions will be released in summer 2015. She is also the author of “Record-Breaking Fundraising Auctions Tips” and the audio-book: Do I Hear a Million™: Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits. Kathy writes, speaks and consults extensively on how to achieve breakthrough fundraising auction and donor development success.

Kathy Kingston was bestowed the Chuck Cumberlin Memorial Sportsmanship Award at the 2012 International Auctioneer Championship by her peers. She was the recipient of the prestigious “Rose Award” from the National Auctioneers Association. Ms. Kingston holds the Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI) designation, only three percent of auctioneers nationwide have achieved this status. Kathy was a member of the Charter Class of the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) professional designation program. Kathy has taught the BAS and CAI Benefit Auction classes. She graduated from Missouri Auction School in 1986. Ms. Kingston has competed in the International Auctioneer Championship where she was a finalist in 2013 and 2003. She was awarded the Helen Copeland Leadership Award from the United States Association for Blind Athletes and served on their national board of directors.

In 2013, Ms. Kingston was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant™ Hall of Fame by by Alan Weiss, Ph.D., who conducts a global mentoring program for consultants. As a consultant, fundraising auction strategist and performance coach, she conducts innovative benefit auction seminars, tele-seminars and custom workshops throughout the country for both nonprofit organizations and professional auctioneers. Kathy holds a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Louis University where she was named “Woman of the Year” in 1986. Her unique professional background also includes an award winning career in non-profit fundraising, higher education, university coaching, public service administration, and the entertainment industry.

Kingston Auction Company is the premier resource for record-breaking fundraising auctioneers, education & strategies. Whether providing training and coaching for auctioneers, consulting for not-for-profit executives and their boards, or deploying one of their award-winning team of professional auctioneers, Kingston offers one-stop shopping to organizations who want record-breaking auction results.

Kathy Kingston is passionate about fundraising. She plays an active role in philanthropy as she donates profits from Kingston Auction Company to a myriad of non profit organizations and to the The Kingston Fund.

“Kathy’s impact on our event was immense. She not only brought the house down with her incredible skill as auctioneer but her consultation and strategy prior to the event made the difference to our record breaking success.”

Lisa Bosquet,
Senior Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Providence College, Rhode Island

“I am writing to you today to thank you for providing auctioneers for our Boots N Bling gala and fundraising event benefiting Starting Point. We continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the women, men and children we serve. Your support was very important to the success of the first annual Boots N Bling event and we than you very much.”

Beth Campbell,
Board Member

What exactly does the “Kingston Difference” mean for clients?  If you are a Kingston client, you can expect:

  • Proven Results for increased profitability, high-yield auction item ideas and enhanced guest experience.
  • Full service personal support, which includes high-level strategic planning, staff training, gala theme ideas, event management, logistics, and sponsorship consultation.
  • Innovative strategies for vital fundraising including auction item procurement, audience development and engagement, donor cultivation and retention, and volunteer training and profitable revenue streams.
  • Refreshing creativity that integrates cutting-edge revenue activities that are both fun and inspirational into your event.  (i.e. Fund-a-Need Appeal, Lucky Dip, Auction Chicken, Super Silent Auction, Heads and Tails, Bucket Auction, Lightening Rounds and many more.)
  • Building capacity within the organization as volunteers, committee members, board members, development professionals and staff are trained to plan, conduct and grow a fundraising event.
  • Proven expertise as Kathy is credentialed by the Certified Auctioneers Institute (only 3% of auctioneers receive this), and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Kathy’s personal hallmarks of reliability, positive thinking, fun and savvy combined with her expertise make her beloved.
  • A well-rounded team of dedicated and experienced professionals that provide added support and skills.

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“Kathy–that was the most beautifully orchestrated auction I’ve ever seen!! Huge kudos to you–I’ve never seen one done better. You are my hero!”
Joan Parker
Philanthropist & Author, MA

Kathy Kingston is passionate about fundraising. She plays an active role in philanthropy as she donates profits from Kingston Auction Company to a myriad of non profit organizations and to the The Kingston Fund.

The “Kingston Difference” has evolved from Kathy’s combined commitment to providing the highest quality of services to clients and continuing education for other professional non-profit auctioneers.  The following accolades highlighted how well regarded Kathy is in her field.  She has won many awards including being named “Woman of the Year” at St. Louis University.  In 2006, Ms. Kingston won the prestigious Rose Award, given by the National Auctioneers Association. Her award winning Auction Summary Report is a requirement for the CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) designation. Kathy has served as member of the Public Relations Committee and President’s Advisory Council Think Tank of the National Auctioneers Association. Kathy chairs the National Auctioneers Association Benefit Auction Allied Partners Committee that focuses on building relationships between the NAA and related organizations who serve non profits.

“Kathy’s seminar was the best seminar I’ve ever been to. Very informative and fun. I learned a lot!”
Andrena Gagliardi
The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc

Ms. Kingston is the author of “Record-Breaking Fundraising Auctions: Volumes I and II” titled Auction Design Tips and Auction Night Tips where innovative techniques and training tips are shared with non-profit organizations and professional auctioneers.

Certifications

CAI – Certified Auctioneers Institute

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BAS – Benefit Auctioneer Specialist

Member: National Auctioneers Association

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Member: New Hampshire Auctioneers Association

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Education

Master of Arts  Education –  Saint Louis University  1990

Bachelor of Arts  Biology –  Upsala College 1975

Graduate – Missouri Auction School 1986

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