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March 2017 | Issue No. 93

Note from Kathy

Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach, Mendocino Coast
photo credit Kathy Kingston ©2017

Writing this note I'm admiring the incredible Mendocino Coast where I just taught A Higher Bid fundraising auction seminar. Participants loved the fresh ideas to connect their guests more closely to their mission at their event.

Do you have an anniversary coming up? I love anniversary fundraising auction events. And you should too. Check out my special article on how you can transform your signature fundraiser into a golden donor cultivation occasion. 6 Secrets for Spectacular Signature Fundraiser Auctions

Scroll down to see my newest watercolor: Hummingbird A sure sign of spring!

Always Bidhi!

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PS: Sneak preview - meet me in the Last Frontier, Anchorage, Alaska this September at the AFP Alaska Chapter "Lunch and Learn." Right after lunch, I'll teach a special 3-hour seminar so you can take a deep dive into advanced fundraising strategies to raise more money and take your auction to the next level. Stay tuned for more details.

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Feature Article

6 Secrets for Spectacular Anniversary Fundraising Auctions

1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 83 - Do I hear 100 years? Absolutely!

"Kathy, Get ready for year 10!!! This is a big one and a big deal. We made it this far! What ideas do you have to make this auction extra special" exclaimed Rachel the Executive Director of Amy's Treat last week.

Wow! I love anniversary fundraising events. And you should too.

This special article is dedicated to Amy who was my neighbor and friend. Ten years ago her partner Lenore knocked on my back door and said, we'd love to have auction to start a nonprofit in Amy's memory - Kathy can you help? I am honored to be a donor and their auctioneer. (Amy's Treat is dedicated to providing solutions to the day-to-day difficulties of living with cancer and offers unexpected "treats" to renew the spirit.)

For over 30 years, I've been honored to serve as auctioneer and consultant for countless anniversary events and even four centennials. However, did you know that your anniversary fundraising auction is a premier donor cultivation opportunity?

Here are my six secret strategies to gather and keep all of your supporters who love you, raise more money and get those bid cards waving.

Continue to read full article here

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Professional Development Opportunities

For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

Complimentary fundraising strategy session

Sign up here: KathyCall now.

2017 is your year propel your auction profit to the next level. This is why for a limited I'm opening up another round of free fundraising strategy sessions for you.

On your call we can analyze things such as:

  • Attracting and keeping new big bidders
  • Engaging your board members to fundraiser at your auction
  • Finding fresh high profit auction items
  • Designing your best event timeline to raise funds
  • Maximizing your Live Auction and Fund A Need profits
  • And much more...

Your f*ree fundraising session is customized for you and your committee
Just sign up here: www.KathyCall.com

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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Professional Development Opportunities

Complimentary fundraising strategy session

Sign up here!

2017 is your year to propel your auction profit to the next level. This is why for a limited I'm opening up another round of free fundraising strategy sessions for you.

On your call we can analyze things such as:

  • Attracting and keeping new big bidders
  • Engaging your board members to fundraiser at your auction
  • Finding fresh high profit auction items
  • Designing your best event timeline to raise funds
  • Maximizing your Live Auction and Fund A Need profits
  • And much more...

Your f*ree fundraising session is customized for you and your committee
Just sign up here: www.KathyCall.com

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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

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

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Testimonials

Praise for Kathy

"Awesome session. Love the emphasis on the relationship with donors. This is key to success, not the auction items. Kathy is the best of the best."

~Anita Burrows, Starting Point Board Member, Conway New Hampshire

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Hummingbird

Hummingbird

“Hummingbird”

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2017 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.

©2017 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved