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June 2012 | Issue No. 42

Note from Kathy



It's great to volunteer!

It's summer!

For the month of June, I lived on Cape Cod rejuvenating, writing my new book, painting, biking, kayaking and devouring the best Wellfleet oysters!

I was honored to speak on a panel on Philanthropy and Women with Simone Joyaux, provacative consultant and author and inspirational leader Marcia Cone, CEO of the Women's Fund of Rhode Island. Thanks to Teddy Aspegren, Rob Bailey and Jessica Hagen for creating such a dynamic conversation. Would there be Philanthropy without Women? What do you think? Please email me to add your thoughts to our conversation.

While on the Cape, I loved volunteering at the Provincetown International Film Festival: what a great way to support this fantastic event. My volunteer jobs: counting and ripping tickets, greeting film aficionados and my favorite – sweeping up popcorn off the floor – really. Why? It's simple really—there was a beginning, middle and end! Most of all, I was impressed with their volunteer training and recognition. Want more ideas? Read my article and checklist for fresh volunteer appreciation tips. 

So enjoy summer and see you at the movies!

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Reminder: Early Bird ends June 30.   Only a few spaces left

August 8 & 9:  Amalfi Hotel
Note: Very limited space left: Register NOW
For Details and Registration
Early Bird Special 'til June 30

PPS:Watch for our new fundraising auction seminars this fall Coming to Westchester, NY and Hartford, CT. Want a benefit auction seminar in your area?
Let's talk: Contact Kathy

PPPS: Scroll down to see my new watercolor: Wellfleet Marshes

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Feature Article


Personalize your Benefit Auction Volunteer Recognition
Kathy consults with the Auction Committee

Recently I had an exciting opportunity to volunteer at the Provincetown International Film Festival: what a great way to support this fantastic event. Their volunteer training and recognition was impressive. And, I loved my volunteer jobs: counting and ripping tickets, greeting film aficionados and my favorite – sweeping up popcorn off the theatre floor – really. Why? It's simple—there was a beginning, middle and end! 

In my case, I was thrilled to help out with simple duties where I did not have to organize, fundraise or be in charge of an event - things I do all the time. When I lived in Anchorage, Alaska, I volunteered for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race where I shoveled show back into the Fourth Avenue so mushers had plenty of white stuff on the street during the ceremonial start—it's true.

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So here's my first big tip for working with volunteers. Engage each volunteer personally. Ask each person what they would like to do before every event. Don't randomly assign tasks or assume they would like to do the same volunteer job each time. Remember, sometimes they would like to perform or learn a new volunteer task that is completely different than their regular life.

Find out 13 more tips in my article here.

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For Nonprofits & Schools

Watch for Exciting New Workshops!

For Professional Auctioneers & Consultants

August 8 & 9, Hotel Amalfi, Chicago, IL

Auctioneers - You can 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.

  • Surefire techniques to raise your fees
  • Obtain new business and referrals
  • Confidently empower nonprofits and boards
  • Exponentially raise more money

Very Limited spaces left - Sign Up Now.

Questions? Contact Kathy:

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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"Many of you know I have been responsible for many of the advances in fundraising auctions over the years. But, I think that Kathy has taken us to a whole new level where we can be educators and advocates for our respective charities, where we can earn our charities far more money and by doing so something very, very significant and that is improve the quality of our society."

- Kip Toner, BAS
Kip Toner Benefit Auctions
Seattle, Washington

"You're a PRO! Kathy, We had our Fiesta wrap-up meeting last night and your ears must have been ringing. We were singing your praises for the amazing job you did last Monday night. You read the audience so well, kept it light (but informative), kept it moving (the live auction and Fund the Future flew), and made it fun for all with the centerpiece table auction. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

- Renie Pavilon
Fiesta Co-Chair
El Hogar Ministries
Winchester, MA

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: If you have any questions or comments, please send them to:

2008-2012 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

Kathy's Watercolors

Wellfleet Marshes

"Wellfleet Marshes"
Original Watercolor by Kathy Kingston 2012

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Who We Are

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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.

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.

2012 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved