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April 2015 | Issue No. 73

Note from Kathy

Kingston Trio


I'm thrilled! A Higher Bid launches May 20.

I'd be so grateful if you'd consider ordering your personal copy right on May 20 (and even one for your favorite nonprofit or school library). I've learned that one of the most important things you can do to ensure the early success of a book is to encourage orders on launch day since it sends a strong signal to booksellers.

As a special thank you for purchasing right on May 20, you'll receive over $600 in free gifts.

A wonderful thank you to AFP Association of Fundraising Professionals. They are co-publishing A Higher Bid and included the book in the AFP Fund Development Series.

Can't wait? Download your free chapter now:

Here's some early praise for A Higher Bid

"Kathy Kingston is at the top of her game and her book A Higher Bid will take you to the next level of fundraising" 
- Paul C. Behr, past president, National Auctioneers Association 

"This year alone, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) raised $500K in new money from new donors by implementing Kathy's strategies at events across the country.
- Kristin Kaplan, National Director of Special Events, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

"If you've ever participated in a badly-organized, underwhelming fundraising event- and who hasn't-read this book. Kathy Kingston's practical wisdom, good humor, and generous spirit shine through on every page. You'll raise more money and, even better, you'll have more fun."
- Andy Robinson,
author, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money

Auctioneers: increase your income and raise more funds for your clients. Spots are filling up fast at the Consulting Workshop for Benefit Auctioneers. Consulting is THE game changer to grow your business and catapult your bottom line! Meet me in San Diego on August 3 and 4.

Scroll down to view my latest watercolor: French Tulips in Spring.

Always Bidhi!

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PS: Super Early Bird Registration: save $700 now Consulting Workshop.
You'll advance your career 200% in just 2 days!

PPS: Pick up your copy of A Higher Bid right on May 20. Thank you free gifts of over $600 will be offered!

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Feature Article

Pot of Gold
Click here to raise
$10,000 more!

Add More Money and More Fun at Your Benefit Auction: Play Pot of Gold

Discover how to raise $10,000 in new money and rivet your audience.

Ignite bidding with a highly motivated guest with a $10,000 credit to spend in your live auction now. That's excitement, fun and strategic income: it's Pot of Gold.

Listen to Kathy read from her new book: A Higher Bid on her blog!


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For Nonprofits, Charities & Schools

NEW: Special A Higher Bid book webinar in June

*Want a seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Consulting For Benefit Auctioneers

August 3 & 4, 2015 - San Diego, CA

Create a Highly Profitable Stream of Income for
Your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting
August 3 and 4, 2015 -  Westgate Hotel, San Diego, CA

Limited Spaces. Register NOW:
Auctioneers - 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.

  • Provide indispensable value to your clients
  • Exponentially raise more funds
  • Add a highly profitable income stream

Limited registration due to the individual coaching of each participant. Register Now
*Super Early Bird - save $700 now.

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Mentor Programs

Auctioneers: 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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"I was inspired by reading "A Higher Bid." I had always considered an Auction as a special event fundraiser but never saw the possibilities in maximizing the event for what it could become. Kathy Kingston opens up the notion of the event becoming a centerpiece of donor engagement in the philanthropy cycle of the organization. Also, the auctioneer is not a "hired hand" but the key to the success of the event with its planning, execution and follow-up."

Jack Good, Vice President, Peoples United Bank, Former Chairman of NEAHP and AHP

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: French Tulips in Spring

French Tulips
"French Tulips in Spring"

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2015 All rights reserved

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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.

©2015 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved