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May 2015 | Issue No. 74

Note from Kathy

Wheeler School

Photo Finish! Kathy and The Wheeler School
students who shared their success
stories at the Derby Day Auction Gala
Photo Credit: Pam Murray

Thank you! Because of your unprecedented support, A Higher Bid debuted at number one on Amazon's “Hot List” for business and finance books. It is so exciting to see the intense interest in strategic benefit auctions!

Immense thanks to these national leaders in auction fundraising who offered generous launch gifts: NW Software, Mitch Stuart Destinations of Excellence, Benefit Auction Institute, Greater Giving and Tracy Repchuk.

Due to this incredible response, we are delighted to extended the free gift offer with your purchase of A Higher Bid. Click here to grab a copy for your favorite nonprofit and school library too.

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

Huge congratulations to all of our clients! Break though revenue records and sold out events made 2015 a superb spring auction season!

Enjoy a day at the beach, scroll down for my latest watercolor: Plaice Cove Beach

Always Bidhi!

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

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Feature Article

Perfect Your Pitch: How to make a fundraising ask

Perfect Your Pitch

What's the most commonly overlooked fundraising mistake?

Failing to ask.

Failing to ask for people's help, their time, their generosity. There's so much to ask for in a benefit auction-items, sponsorships, volunteers, donations, new guests, high bids, referrals, influence. I once counted and found at least 54 separate asks.

So we'd better get good at it!

In my article, Perfect Your Pitch, I'll give you some insights and some easy-to-use tips to ask unabashedly and confidently. To get you started, I've included some strategies from Chapter 5 of my new book A Higher Bid.

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


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For Nonprofits, Charities & Schools


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

Wednesday, October 1, 2015

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

Location: Greater Boston area.

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 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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Praise for A Higher Bid

"Kathy Kingston's time proven skills, techniques and hints helped us raise 40% more money than the previous year. Kathy's strategic thinking will help your non-profit organization reach new heights as well!"

Douglas Lovell, Director of Parent Relations & Planned Giving
Cardigan Mountain School

"Kathy Kingston is amazing and so is her book A Higher Bid. You'll benefit from her innovative and profitable strategies just like we did. From the first time she worked with our Alaska Native Art Auction, we took our event to a new level. Kathy wasn't just an auctioneer you talk to a couple of times and then shows up at the event. As a strategist, Kathy was there for us every step of the way, guiding us through the planning process and developing our goals. We quadrupled our revenue the first year and kept using her strategies to grow it from there."

Barbara Donatelli, Senior Vice President, Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI)
Alaska Native Art Auction Executive Committee

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Plaice Cove Beach

Plaice Cove Beach
"Plaice Cove Beach"

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