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October 2016 | Issue No. 90

Note from Kathy

“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.” ~ Anonymous

Kathy in DC
Kathy in action at
A Higher Bid Seminar in DC

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, I hope you have fun too!

Here are some top takeaways as told by participants from my book tour seminar in Washington DC co-teaching with world champion auctioneer Lynne Zink. "Now I look at our auction in a new light - as a donor cultivation opportunity! ... I loved your detailed strategies for table hosts and sponsorships for our audience development plan...The robust tips on increasing live auction profits gave me valuable information to bring back to our senior executives ... I really enjoyed the role-playing on how to ask... I have the confidence to refocus on being donor-centric now...The ideas for fundraising personalized conversations were invaluable...The fastest 4 hours of training I ever attended; I went from hesitant to excited and engaged in no time!" Stay tuned for our spring seminar schedule.

Who is missing from your fundraising auction team? Often overlooked, these expert, dedicated professionals can help your benefit auction soar. Read my article to find out more.

Auctioneers, did you know that donors have changed they way they bid and give at auctions, galas and fundraising events? Fundraising has changed - have you? Are you serious about making more money, raising your fees, getting and keeping high paying ideal clients, finding more life-balance and turbocharging your benefit auction business? Contact Kathy for your free "Benefit Auction Business Success Consultation" today.  603-235-1196 kathy@kingstonauction.com

Take a look at "Autumnal" my latest watercolor. Just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Sign up F*REE webinar Benefit Auction Mythbusters III on Wednesday, November 16 at 10am PT / 1pm ET. Sign up here!

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Feature Article

Vendors Are an Important Part of Your
Fundraising Team, Too

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To create a culture of philanthropy, you'll want to take a fresh strategic look at expanding the concept of your fundraising team. Engage all the key players including honorary chairs, auction co-chairs, staff, board members, volunteers, sponsors, and honorees. What's more, be sure to intentionally engage your event planners, venue managers and owners, caterers and their staffs, bartenders, production teams, audio-visual professionals...and of course your professional benefit auctioneer. Often overlooked, your vendors are extraordinarily valuable, give them a seat at the table for these knowledgeable and hard working fundraising team members. Invite them in!

Continue to read full article here 

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Professional Development Opportunities

Book

Get your copy today:
A Higher Bid!

 

 

For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools


Spring Fundraising Seminar
schedule to be announced soon!

Would you like to bring Kathy’s new Fundraising Auction Seminar to your town on her book tour? It’s easy, just contact Kathy - let’s talk! kathy@kingstonauction.com 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Benefit Auctioneer Mentor Program

Bring Your Professional Benefit Auctioneer
and Consulting Talents to the Next Level!

Auctioneers: Get ready now for your record-breaking 2017

Are you serious about making more money, raising your fees, getting and keeping high paying ideal clients, finding more life-balance and turbocharging your benefit auction business?

Charitable giving is up at an all time high. There are 1.5 million nonprofits in the USA. Benefit auctions are one of the fastest growing segments of the auction industry today. However, did you know that donors have changed they way they bid and give at auctions, galas and fundraising events? Fundraising has changed - have you?

If you are a seasoned auctioneer that would like to take your benefit auction and business skills to the next level or if you are a new auctioneer who would like support in building better benefit auction techniques, consider joining Kathy's Auctioneer Mentor Program. Kathy is excited to work with you personally to provide an innovative, action-packed, customized mentor program that promises to bring creativity, energy and stronger results to you, your nonprofit clients and your business.

Leverage this new economy, now is the time to invest in yourself and your business.

Contact Kathy for your free "Benefit Auction Business Success Consultation" today.  603-235-1196 kathy@kingstonauction.com

"To thrive in this new economy you must become more creative, increase your value, learn innovative skills, network strategically to compete." ~ Kathy Kingston

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Testimonials

Praise for Kathy

"Lots of tips and new thinking to learn from. Very good materials. Excellent presenter! Thanks, Kathy!"

~Betty Smith, Volunteer Gala Chair, Mystic Area Shelter And Hospitality (MASH)

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Autumnal

Autumnal

“Autumnal”

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2016 All rights reserved

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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

© 2008-2016 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 education for nonprofits, schools and auctioneers. A national thought leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for organizations across the country for over 30 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. She is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book, A Higher Bid: How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Benefit Auctions. 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.

©2016 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved