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October 2014 | Issue No. 67

Note from Kathy

"Pick me"
Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2014

Happy Halloween!

Bravo to The Children's Trust for shattering all previous fundraising records raising over $500,000. I have been honored to serve as their auctioneer and consultant for ten years. We salute their amazing efforts!

This trend toward high profit results for fundraising events continues for our clients this fall. Whether your fundraiser is a full gala or a fund-a-need only event, there is one major success factor: outstanding dedicated volunteers. Enjoy my article on volunteer recognition this month.

I would like to thank and recognize Jack Good, Vice President of Peoples United Bank for his dedication to philanthropy and supporting nonprofits. I had the good fortune to meet him and present at the People's United Nonprofit Consortium and spoke on Donor-Centered Auction Fundraising.

Enjoy the stunning fall season. Wishing you unprecedented fundraising auction success!

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Auctioneers: Wait list only: Beyond Bid Calling Workshop
Contact Kathy 603-235-1196

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Feature Article

Treat Your Volunteers As Donors


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

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

Get your Volunteers Fired Up!

Treat your volunteers as donors

They love you and are already on your team. Your volunteers are ready to serve your cause now and long into the future. Volunteers are the heart, soul and backbone of benefit auctions. Here are some tips to develop and recognize a dynamic volunteer team for your benefit auctions.

Recruit active leaders as auction committee co-chairs

Great auction co-chairs are a must! Select them for their leadership qualities and their circle of influence. Consider recruiting co-chairs who represent different backgrounds. This broadens the composition of committees, diversifies and grows donor and guest lists. Great co-chairs set a positive tone, delegate well and keep everything on track.

Recruit a large team of committed volunteers

Auctions are one of the most volunteer-intensive fundraisers. You'll need 20-50+ volunteers, depending on the size of the event: key decision makers in the auction steering committee, sub-committees, and dozens of day-of-auction volunteers.

Read on to learn more about developing a dynamic volunteer team.

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For Nonprofits, Charities & Schools

*Want Kathy's energy and expertise? 603-926-1919

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

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

Auctioneers: I'll coach you on advanced Fund A Need, revenue enhancements, stage performance.
Many auctioneers have increased fees, new business and their discretionary time as a result.
Highly interactive. Some feel it's the most powerful experience I create. Wait List Only!
Call Kathy for more details 603-235-1196

Mentor Programs

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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"Kathy, have to say a very heartfelt thank you to *you*. Your presentation at our Benefit Auction Summit was absolutely awesome from the beginning: a well-thought out proposal, a great session and awesome follow-up. I really appreciate having volunteers like you involved."

~ Aaron Ensminger,
Director of Education National Auctioneers Association

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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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