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November 2014 | Issue No. 68

Note from Kathy

Through The Woods
"Through The Woods"
Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2014

Siyabonga, Gracias, Bayarlalaa, Obrigado, Thank You, Ahó, Danke, Mauruuru roa, Quyanaq, Xièxie, Diakuju, Merci, Todah, Takk!

In every language, thank you for all of your dedication and passion for nonprofits, schools, associations and charitable organizations. You change lives every day and offer immeasurable value to your volunteers and your donors to make an impact on causes that impassion them.

Thank you for making a difference! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy my new watercolor: "Through The Woods"...

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Giving Tuesday is December 2nd. Invite your supporters!
What better way to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday than with Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving back. It is a global celebration of how communities can work together to create a better world by giving back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support.

PPS: Thank you in Zulu, Spanish, Mongolian, Portuguese, English, Crow, German, Tahitian, Iñupiaq, Mandarin, Ukrainian, French, Hebrew, Icelandic.

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Feature Article

Kathy’s Top 13 Ways to Thank Auction Volunteers

Would it surprise you to know that 79% of volunteers give to charity compared to 40% of non-volunteers? (Giving USA Foundation 2014*)

Volunteers Create A
Spirit of Auction Philanthropy!

So here’s my first big strategy for recognizing your 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.

Second giant volunteer recognition strategy: Ask your leaders and VIPs to engage your volunteers. When I volunteered at a local film festival, I was so impressed that board members, film makers and a famous film producer made a point to thank me personally for volunteering - even when I had a broom in my hand sweeping up popcorn after the film! From the volunteer side, it meant the world to me. What a great reminder for me about the power of personal recognition and thanks for our auction volunteers too!

Read on to see the full article and a checklist of meaningful volunteer recoginition ideas.

(*Giving USA Foundation (2014). The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013. Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Indianapolis, Indiana.)

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For Nonprofits, Charities & Schools

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For Professional Auctioneers

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Monday & Tuesday, December 8 & 9
Pink Shell Resort, Ft. Myers, Florida

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"June*, Thank you for making our evening another great success for STAR. Your upbeat attitude, professionalism, and great empathy for our mission clearly engaged the room and delivered surprising results. It is always enjoyable watching you work your craft and make those numbers grow exponentially, especially when you have a few competitive players who enjoy the “game”. Great job! On behalf of everyone touched by STAR’s programs, thank you!"

~Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director and Peter Savarine, Director of Philanthropy, STAR, INC. Lighting the Way…

(*June DeLair, BAS Professional Auctioneer, Kingston Auction Company)

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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.

©2014 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved