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March 2015 | Issue No. 72

Note from Kathy

A Higher Bid
Get a free early chapter of Kathy's new book


Congratulations to our client Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction! Wine Spectator just named them number three in the Top Ten US Charity Wine Auctions for 2014. Bravo!

Nonprofits: join me and Lynne Zink, International Auctioneer Champion, for a new class: Auctions, Fundraisers and Galas Workshop on April 1st in Arlington, VA. Special auction team price. Details and registration Click here!

Auctioneers - offer greater value, high-profit fundraising and boost your benefit business. Attend my Benefit Auction Consulting Workshop on August 3 and 4 in beautiful San Diego. Many consider this class a game changer.

Increase top donor attendance, read my new article: Turbocharge Your Table Hosts

Read an excerpt of my new book A Higher Bid. Even though the books aren't printed yet - it launches May 20th. Get your complimentary sneak peek, sign up right here:

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Attending AFP in Baltimore? Come to my mini-seminar "10 Minutes to a Goldmine!" at the Greater Giving booth on Sunday and Monday.

PPS: Think spring with my new watercolor: "Garden's Edge"- just scroll down.

PPS: Join my new Kingston Insider Community now before A Higher Bid launches May 20th. Pick up my super new ideas and get your excerpt of Chapter 2 right now.

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Feature Article

Turbocharge Your Table Hosts:
How to Increase Donor Attendance for Big Bidding

Table Hosts

You've all heard of table captains. Perhaps you've even been a table captain or been asked: "Would you be willing to consider putting together a table for our charity auction?" Many nonprofit and school auctions use this idea of a "table captain" to increase attendance at their fundraising events. In this case a board, donor or committee member is asked to fill an entire table with their friends and colleagues. Let's put this idea on steroids to increase donor engagement.

To maximize your donor development and fundraising, let's reframe this core audience development strategy and rename it "Table Hosts."

Why Table Hosts? FOR GREATER LONG TERM IMPACT ON YOUR MISSION. Invite your Table Hosts to expand their role to personally invite and cultivate their selected guests to co-create a new culture of giving. Here are five of my top strategies that go beyond just filling up seats.

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

Details and More Information here!

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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"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. Readers of A Higher Bid can use these same strategies and tools Kathy taught us to drive revenue… We are no longer standing in the back of the room with our fingers crossed."

~ Kristin Kaplan, National Director of Special Events
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art:Garden's Edge

Garden's Edge
"Garden's Edge"

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