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February 2016 | Issue No. 82

Note from Kathy


LEAP into Auction Action!

Enjoy your extra day!

Speaking of extras, last month was a whirlwind of consulting from Sonoma California to South Florida. It's exciting to announce my Advanced Auction Fundraising Consulting programs to help more nonprofits and schools, even though I may not be the auctioneer. Let's talk, contact me to schedule your complimentary consult:

My book tour is headed west with new Fundraising Auction Seminars. I'll share my powerful secrets from my best selling book. You'll receive a 2-hour seminar and a complimentary copy of A Higher Bid all for only $47 per person. Bring your whole auction committee to Seattle, WA on April 19, Santa Rosa, CA on May 17 and Portland, OR on May 19. Limited seating. Registration and details:

What are you doing to LEAP? Vault to the next level of auction fundraising and read my article: Four Bold Ways to Rapidly Increase Benefit Auction Profits by LEAPS and Bounds!

Enjoy my watercolor "Sunday Afternoon at the Ice Pond" - just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Meet me in Seattle, WA on April 19, or Santa Rosa, CA on May 17 or Portland, OR on May 19. New Fundraising Auction Seminar. Limited seating. Registration and details:

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Feature Article

4 Bold Tips to Rapidly Increase Benefit Auction Profits by LEAPS and Bounds!

LEAP into a new culture
of auction philanthropy

We add a Leap Day approximately every four years to keep our modern day calendar in alignment with the earth's revolutions around the sun. On this LEAP Day, I offer four forward thinking strategies to revolutionize your auction fundraising. Bound into my "L.E.A.P. Strategies" to hurdle over outdated event methods and to soar to new benefit auction revenue records.

LEAVE behind outdated, ineffective, low revenue event activities. Stop wasting your precious resources on activities that burn out volunteers, exhaust bidders and fail to produce significant revenue.

Read full article here

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Professional Development Opportunities

For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

Raise more money - Engage more donors!

A Higher Bid - BOOK-TOUR SEMINARS for Nonprofits & Schools - Click here for details and to register

Seattle, WA Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Portland, OR Thursday, May 19, 2016

*Want a seminar in your area?

Bring Kathy's expertise and energy to your community.

Let's talk. 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Mentoring and Coaching with Kathy

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.

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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Praise for Kathy and A Higher Bid

"What a great seminar you experiential and informative session.

What did I learn? Stop fretting about the silent; stage the ask for the fund a cause; focus on the rhythm of the evening, auction best practices, how not to "leave money in the room."

What did I enjoy? The atmosphere you created…loved the presentation.

What did I find of value? Many things about how an auction is part of the ongoing philanthropy of a nonprofit and how to connect with people.

I learned so much at the workshop, I'm still assimilating all those ideas, etc... But I cannot wait to tuck into your book A Higher Bid."

~Lucy Jackson Norvell,  Director of Development & Communications, American Camp Association, New England


Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Sunday Afternoon at the Ice Pond

Sunday Afternoon

"Sunday Afternoon at the Ice Pond"

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2016 All rights reserved

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Who We Are

Kingston Auction LogoWe are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative education for nonprofits, schools and auctioneers. A national thought leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for organizations across the country for over 30 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. She is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book, A Higher Bid: How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Benefit Auctions. 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.

©2016 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved