|January 2014 | Issue No. 59|
Note from Kathy
Wishing you a bountiful 2014!
Thanks for your very kind words and overwhelming response to my videos tips!
By popular demand we'll be featuring your favorite videos bi-monthly.
It's 2014: Fundraising and auctions have changed. Did you?
Benjamin Franklin said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." I invite you to consider investing in your professional development and to raising more funds!
I'm excited to announce our new spring seminar line up: Sky-High Auction Profits Seminar on March 12 in Concord, NH. 1pm to 4:30pm www.SkyHighAuctionProfits.com (BONUS: Kathy's *FREE e-books with early registration. Special pricing for groups)
Fund A Need Intensive Workshop on March 13 in Danbury, CT. 1pm to 4:30pm Don't leave money in the room. A highly interactive, fun and hugely financially rewarding not-to-be-missed session. Experience Kathy's personal coaching for your Fund A Need.
For our professional auctioneers, consider 2014 as your year to blow fundraising targets out of the water!
Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers on June 22 & 23 in Scottsdale, AZ
The game-changer for most of you. Beyond Bid Calling Workshop on December 8 & 9 in Ft. Myers, FL . Kathy's personal coaching to spotlight Fund A Need plus advanced speaking, fundraising stage performance and showmanship skills. www.BeyondBidCalling.com ("Kathy's FREE audio-book: Do I Hear A Million? "with early registration)
Engaging More Auction Donors:
Get Everyone Bidding with
Americans are incredibly philanthropic. 75% of Americans give to Charity, according to Sharon Danosky, fundraising consultant and president of Danosky & Associates. The benefit auction business is booming. Over 16.3 billion dollars are raised annually at fundraising auctions in the United States according to the National Auctioneers Association.
Kathy encourages nonprofits, schools, and event planners to tap into some of the reasons why people give, often the secret to increasing donor participation at benefit auctions. This advice can help you best select travel packages and other live and silent auction items as well as better planning of all elements to ensure your most successful auction ever.
Kathy created this acronym, "MLS" to illustrate how she sees auction guests giving at fundraising auctions: meaningfully, locally, and strategically. Here is how it applies to the ways donors are giving.
Meaningfully. Today's donors give to causes that are near and dear to their hearts, either via personal experience or when someone close to them asks them to become involved. How can you translate this "meaning" to your event? Kathy strongly suggests making sure the event's mission is central in the conversation. "Not just as the beginning and end of the night, but threaded throughout, visually, conversationally and any other creative way you can think of." Make sure that your auction guests understand the impact of their gift.
Wednesday, March 12 in Concord, NH. 1pm to 4:30pm www.SkyHighAuctionProfits.com (BONUS: FREE e-books: "Record Breaking Fundraising Auctions" with early registration. Special pricing for groups)
Thursday, March 13 in Danbury, CT. 1pm to 4:30pm
Don't leave money in the room. A highly interactive, fun and hugely financially rewarding not-to-be-missed session. Experience Kathy's personal coaching for your Fund A Need.
www.FundANeedExpert.com (BONUS: FREE e-books: "Record Breaking Fundraising Auctions" with early registration. Special pricing for groups)
Create a Highly Profitable Stream of Income for
Your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting
June 22 & 23, 2014 - Scottsdale, Arizona
Limited Spaces. Register NOW: www.BenefitAuctionConsulting.com
Auctioneers - create a highly profitable income stream for your benefit auction business with consulting. In this highly interactive 2-day workshop you will practice and hone specialized skills and techniques that you need to add highly requested and profitable consulting services to nonprofits.
Limited registration due to the individual coaching of each participant. Register Now
Advance Your Fundraising Stage Performance
Raise More Money! Catapult Your Career!
December 9 & 10, 2014 Ft. Myers, Florida
Extremely limited space, register now.
Kathy’s new audio-book: It’s over 3.5 hours top notch training and strategies for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising auctions to the next level.
Available NOW! www.DoIHearAMillion.com
Put an end to the auction creation struggle – know exactly what to do, what to ask for, who to ask, and who to invite so you generate generous donations every time.Expand your Fundraising Library now: BenefitAuctionSecrets.com
Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Private Roster Mentor Program.
"Thank you so much for participating in the Women In Development panel last week.
I though your perspective was invaluable and given the number of folks waiting to chat with you after, so did the audience!"
Haley Gordon Karl
National Director of Development Programs
City Year, Inc.
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We are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative training for both non-profits and auctioneers. A national leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout New England and across the country for over 25 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. Come to us to make your next benefit fundraising auction a record-breaker.
National Auctioneers Association promotes professionalism of auctioneers and auctions through education and technology.
Certified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the industry - only three percent of auctioneers nationwide hold the CAI designation.
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