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November 2015 | Issue No. 80

Note from Kathy

Kathy Kingston's Owl

Owl Always Be Grateful Watercolor by Kathy Kingston 2015 All rights reserved.

Hearty thanks for making a difference and changing lives!

This captivating burrowing owl emerged under my watercolor brush soon after I wrote "A Higher Bid." This oracle of wisdom brings you higher intuition, creativity and gratitude.

Your special thank you gift is 30% off of my #1 best selling book "A Higher Bid." Already have one? Why not give one to a fundraising friend, or build your organization's fundraising library? Use coupon code WLY15 (on the final checkout page) when you CLICK HERE.

Spark generosity. Enjoy my article which was featured in AFP Advancing Philanthropy Fall journal. These three inspiring stories showcase fresh ways you can engage new donors with your benefit auction as the catalyst!

Join me December 9th for my next "Book Tour Seminar" at ADO Association of Development Officers in Westchester, NY. I'll dive deep into new strategies that turn bidders into long term donors!  Sign up here!

Watch for my 2016 spring "A Higher Bid Book Tour Seminars" coming to the Pacific Northwest and northern California!

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Break revenue records! Grab your copy of A Higher Bid for 30% off now. Use coupon code WLY15 (on the final checkout page) when you CLICK HERE

PPS: Make 2016 your best auction ever. Bring my experience
and energy as a consultant to your organization - even if you already retained an auctioneer you love. I help all sizes and stripes of nonprofits, charities and schools around the country. Let's talk: kathy@kingstonauction.com  or 603-926-1919.

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Feature Article

The Kingston Trio: Three Strategies to Transform your Benefit Auction

As Featured in AFP Advancing Philanthropy Fall 2015

Special price 30% off until January 1, 2016

Author Jill McCorkle, one of the guest hosts for Mount Auburn Hospital's benefit auction, along with her best selling colleagues Alice Hoffman, Amy Tan, and Andre Dubus III, whispered nervously, "I sure hope this brings at least a few hundred dollars." For her unique live auction item, McCorkle was offering to name a character in her next novel after the winning bidder.

"We are about to do something amazing," I told the crowd. "It's really not about what you get at this auction. It's about how much you can give to change a person's life. Your generous bidding will raise funds for the hospital's breast cancer center, where lives are saved every day."

The paddles went up fast, and after some high-spirited auction action, two final bidders emerged: a dashing, silver-haired gentleman standing in the back and a reserved but determined young woman at a front table. Both had caught the bidding fever…

Find out the quite surprising ending and learn lessons from my true story - read full article here

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Nonprofit Professional Development


Watch for Kathy's 2016 Spring "Book Tour Seminar" Schedule

Pacific Northwest and northern California

*Want a book signing or special seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy

kathy@kingstonauction.com 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Auctioneers: Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Private Roster Mentor Program.

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Testimonials

Praise for Kathy and A Higher Bid

"Hi Kathy, I've been meaning to write since last week. What a great seminar you offered! Given what an experiential and informative session you did, I would imagine that you're serious about the feedback you're given.

And, you did an excellent job of showing the audience a snapshot of the variety of services you offer from consulting on big picture aspects (Stop fretting about the Silent; stage the ask for the fund a cause; focus on the rhythm of the evening), to coaching all for improved work performance (from the suggestions you had for each of us who addressed the room to the special work you did with the Fund A Cause speaker), to being in the know with regard to auction best practices, to the actual auction skills and ability you have not to "leave money in the room." It was a really interesting snapshot of what you can do. I cannot wait to read your book. I learned so much at the workshop, I'm still assimilating all those ideas, etc... But I cannot wait to tuck into the book."

Lucy Jackson Norvell
Director of Development & Communications American Camp Association, New England

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: http://www.KingstonAuction.com. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to: kathy@kingstonauction.com

© 2008-2015 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

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Who We Are


Kingston Auction LogoWe 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.

Our affiliations include...

NAA Auctioneer National Auctioneers Association promotes professionalism of auctioneers and auctions through education and technology.



CAI AuctioneerCertified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the industry - only three percent of auctioneers nationwide hold the CAI designation.

BAS Benefit Auctioneer SpecialistBenefit Auctioneer Specialist designation provides auctioneers with unique skills and strategies to conduct, plan and market fundraising auctions.

©2015 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved