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July 2015 | Issue No. 76

Note from Kathy

Kathy Kingston

Are you ready for $41 Trillion?
Kathy presenting at International
Auctioneer Conference

More than fast talkin...

What happens when over a 1,000 auctioneers from around the globe converge at the International Auctioneers Conference & Show? Education and generosity - and superb auctioneering! In Dallas last week I had the honor to present a educational seminar on how auctioneers can lead the way to support clients during this $41 Trillion national wealth transference.

Thank you to all the generous auctioneers who broke our own fundraising record for our National Auctioneers Foundation. Hearty thanks the NAF Board and to fellow auctioneers who conducted the Fund A Need with me: Scott Robertson, Dustin Rogers, Amy Assiter and Paul C. Behr and a fantastic team of professional benefit auctioneers! We tripled expected goals with our inspirational Fund a Need for auctioneer scholarships.

Congratulations to our new International Auctioneer Champions, Tammy Tisland and Peter Geheres! It was an honor to compete again this year and serve with the finest auctioneers in the world.

Did you know summer is a perfect time to solicit high profit auction items?
Read my article and discover 4 hot procurement tips

Wishing you a fantastic summer! Scroll down to see my watercolor...7 Summer Beauties!

Always Bidhi!

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PS: It's time for great summer reading. Pick up your copy of A Higher Bid and get free gifts at

PPS: Ready to soar to the next level of fundraising? Even if you have an auctioneer you love, strategic auction consulting can send your profits into orbit. I groups of all sizes break revenue records. Let's talk: 603-926-1919

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Feature Article

What Sells Best? 4 Hot Summer Auction Item Procurement Tips

How to Curate High-Profit Benefit Auction Items

Bid Cards

What charity benefit auction items bring the most profit at a fundraising auction? Let's first look at the top factors to procure hot auction items that get those bid cards flying high at your next benefit auction. This is one of the questions that I'm most frequently asked. Summertime is a terrific time to ask for auction items, especially if you have just spent money on a trip or fantastic adventure. Keep reading for my sizzling tips to solicit top selling auction items.

Did you know that benefit auction bidder behaviors have changed? Have you? Auction guests are bidding much more intentionally and with a strong measure of pre-auction promotion of auction items on your part. Let's face it, not everyone wants or needs another silent or live auction item. So it's vital for you and your benefit auction team to be strategic and only procure items for your event that maximize your fundraising and add excitement.

The number one factor for profitable benefit auction items might just surprise you. Plus, read on and I'll teach you how to raise more money!

Click Here to read the rest of the article on my blog!

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Nonprofit Professional Development

Hot Summer Reading: A Higher Bid!


Nonprofit Development Seminar


How to keep the money flowing for high dollars, happy donors and huge impact.

NEW DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Time: 12:30 Registration 1-4 Seminar 4-5 Networking, book signing

Location: Boston Newton Marriott Hotel

Registration: $188
(complimentary for those who purchase A Higher Bid. You will receive that after you register your receipt from your book purchase.)

More details and registration: Click Here

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

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For Professional Auctioneers

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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Praise for Kathy and A Higher Bid

"Kathy's session at our International Auctioneer Conference was jam packed with valuable information. I liked being given information on how to help grow my business. Very enthusiastic presenter, she connected well with the audience. I felt like she was talking to me personally!"

John Genovese, Malama Auctions, Hawaii

"Kathy's style, passion, knowledge and material on the $41 trillion national wealth transference were strong. Time flew!"

Pam McKissick, Williams and Williams, Oklahoma

"I loved this book! A Higher Bid is a treasure trove of ideas and great advice presented in a format that is easy to understand. Our non-profit community arts center has been hosting a fund-raising gala for 10 years and we have learned a lot of the lessons in the book the hard way. As we continue to grow and expand our development skills, this book will be a invaluable resource for our volunteer committee members, board members and staff. Each chapter provides dozens of strategies, ideas and the reasons behind why they work. It is a very user-friendly book with lots of practical examples, sample "scripts" for volunteers and interesting stories that will inspire many "Aha" moments. Open the book to any page and you are sure to come away with tons of valuable insight in just a few minutes of reading."

Karen J. Bennet, Michigan

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: 7 Summer Beauties

7 Summer Beauties
"7 Summer Beauties"

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