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May 2012 | Issue No. 41

Note from Kathy

Pileated Woodpecker


Meet my new neighbor: Pileated Woodpecker
Photo Credit: Ranveig Thattai

Happy Memorial Day.

Enjoy your time to reflect and relax.

Congratulations to everyone on such successful spring auction season. It was fun cheering for my niece, Erin at her high school lacrosse game honoring senior players. 

Everyday at noon, a stunning Pileated Woodpecker visits my patio: "ki ki ki ki kiiii." He's impressive - about 19 inches of sleek black and white with a bright red crest. Summer is definitely on it's way. 
What's the best number of auction items? Learn why less is more my article. In between auctions, I've been looking for a new bike - what's your favorite? Scroll down to see my new juicy painting: Red Summer Beauty.

Always BIDhi!

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PS:  Hope you can join me, Simone Joyaux and Marcia Cone on June 6th, Newport, RI:  PANEL: WOULD THERE BE PHILANTHROPY WITHOUT WOMEN? Sign up free here.

PPS:  Auctioneers: Meet me in Chicago!

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

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Feature Article


Don't juggle the numbers
Don't juggle with success: learn the optimum number of auction items for your fundraiser

How many auction items should you have to raise the most money?

This is the number one question I am asked as a consultant and professional benefit auctioneer.  My answer - well, it depends.

There are five key factors to help you determine your optimum number of benefit auction items: first: what are your financial goals; second: what type of charity auction you are hosting; third, what else is happening at your event; and fourth: how many guests are attending your auction, and fifth: did your retain a professional auctioneer. 

Remember, auction guests are increasingly strategic in their giving and bidding behaviors. Leverage this trend in the new economy - the old adage of LESS IS MORE applies liberally to reducing the number auction items - solicit fewer items for greater value. Find out more in my article here.

Don't juggle the numbers

Less is More: greater value - fewer items!

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"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." - Gandhi

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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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"Thanks for a brilliant night, you always are so great at making people have such fun spending money!"

- Richard Johnson
Chairperson, GALE Fund


"I loved the Dream Game! What a great technique for targeting fabulous auction items and then procuring them."

- Gina Orlando
Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation
New York

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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

Kathy's Watercolors

"Red Summer Beauty"
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