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February 2015 | Issue No. 71

Note from Kathy

Photo by Kathy Kingston © 2015

Thawing out.

I ventured to Florida last week to conduct a fundraising auction and to enjoy relaxing outdoor adventures in Key West. From thrilling snorkeling where a turtle chomped a man-o-war, sunny beaches and a triumphant one-woman performance by swimmer Diana Nyad (see my article) it was a perfect winter getaway.

Are you leaving money in the room? Discover how to avoid THE #1 mistake: failure to ask. Read my article, "The Ask is The Only Answer"

I'm excited to invite you to a NEW workshop. April 1st in Arlington, Virginia, I'm teaming up with Lynne Zink, International Auctioneer Champion. Together, we'll share hot insider secrets to maximize your fundraising! Join us for our "NEW Workshop: Auctions, Galas & Fundraisers" Click here for Details and registration

Let's connect at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore. I'll be offering "mini-seminars" at the Greater Giving Booth! Stop by and say hello and register for great prizes.

See the guy who tried to eat my lunch on the beach, just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS:  Hurry. Limited seating. We will sell out. Early bird special.
Register now for "Auctions, Galas & Fundraisers Workshop"
Special price for groups.

PPS: Exciting announcement new week! Stay tuned!

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Feature Article

The Ask Is The Only Answer:
How to Avoid the #1 Mistake in Fundraising

Courage. Tenacity of Human Spirit. A missed opportunity...

Just Ask

Last week in Key West, I had the immense honor to watch legendary long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad perform her new one-woman show, "Onward." After 35 years and on her fifth attempt, she successfully swam from Cuba to Key West. 110 grueling miles. 51 non-stop hours. Called the Mount Everest of a long-distance swim, teaming with killer sharks and deadly venomous Box jellyfish, her feat and performance were triumphant!

Completely riveted and engaged, I have never been so glued to any account of a true story. With grace, grit, humor, science, and even song Ms. Nyad entertained and inspired a sold-out house. Diana Nyad is a heroine for us all and has my immense admiration and support.

However, during her incredible performance, my philanthropy mindset kept surfacing. How could I make a difference? I was eager to write a check on the spot!

Yet, no "ask" was made.

Read on to see the full article on my blog...

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For Nonprofits, Charities & Schools

Auctions, Galas & Fundraisers
Wednesday, April 1 - Arlington VA

Sign up today!

How NonProfits Can Raise More Money Now!

Kathy is available for presentations and custom seminars 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Consulting For Benefit Auctioneers

August 3 & 4, 2015 - San Diego, CA

More information coming soon!

NEW Audio Book: Do I Hear A Million?
Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits!

Kathy's new audio-book: It's over 3.5 hours top notch training and strategies for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising auctions to the next level.

Available NOW!

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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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"Thank You!! This was well worth the trip across the country. I can’t wait to share and implement what I have learned."

~ Leslie Nalley, Board of Directors
Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: What's for Lunch?

"What's for Lunch?"

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