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January 2016 | Issue No. 81

Note from Kathy

Kathy Kingston's Owl

Sedona Vortexes and Vistas
Photo by Kathy Kingston © 2016

Winter beauty in the red rocks of Sedona!

I love this down time; slowing the pace to rejuvenate, plan, hike and paint watercolors in the off-season really prepares me for our exciting spring fundraising season.

Announcing my NEW A HIGHER BID - Book-Tour Seminars.

I'm headed west: Seattle, Washington on April 19; Santa Rosa, California on May 17; and Portland, Oregon on May 19. I hope to see you there!

Content-rich, fun and interactive, you'll learn my top innovative strategies to leverage your charity auctions and fundraising events as THE NEW CATALYST for donor engagement and much much more. Click here for details and to sign up now.

A top question I'm often asked when consulting - especially in a unpredictable economy - "Kathy, am I doing everything right?" Check out my article: Your Six Rights for a Profitable Benefit Auction in the New Economy. I hope you find it valuable.

Enjoy "Winter Magic" my latest watercolor, just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: A HIGHER BID: Book-Tour Seminars for Nonprofits & Schools
Reserve your spot now: Seattle, WA; Santa Rosa, CA; Portland, OR
Complimentary signed copy of #1 best seller A HIGHER BID,
special bonuses, and much more! Details
Sign up with your whole auction team now!

PPS: Would you like to bring Kathy's "A Higher Bid: Book-Tour Seminar" to your community or nonprofit or school? Let's talk: 603-926-1919

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Feature Article

Your Six “Rights” for A Profitable Benefit Auction In the New Economy

Here’s my ‘Throw Back Thursday’ article. The insights are as valid today as they were in October 2011. I hope you find it valuable and share it with colleagues and friends.

Join Kathy: A Higher Bid - NEW Book-Tour Seminars Seattle, Santa Rosa, Portland

I'm often asked: "What are the right components of a profitable benefit auction - especially now in this volatile economy?" Let me share my top six: I call them "Kathy Kingston's Six "R's" of a Fundraising Auction." To raise more money in this new economy you really need a symphony of six success factors: the right focus which is fundraising; the right people; the right items; the right auctioneer; the right logistics and planning; and the right fun.

Find out the about all 6 'Rights' - 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

Dee Dee

"Kathy's Kingston's Book, A Higher Bid, changed my life! After reading it my first auction raised 75% MORE than the previous year
! This and going to Kathy's class has launched a whole new career for me. THANK YOU Kathy Kingston!"

Dee Dee Kiesow
San Jose, CA

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Winter Magic

Winter Magic

"Winter Magic"

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