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June 2016 | Issue No. 86

Note from Kathy

Double Rainbow

Double rainbow across Wellfleet ocean bluff
Photo credit: Kathy Kingston

Double luck & happy fourth!

After an awesome spring season of benefit auctions, consulting, and book tour seminars, I’ve been rejuvenating, writing and painting for the month of June on splendid Cape Cod.

One afternoon, as a ferocious thundershower sputtered, tips of colors poked through waning dark clouds. Like a storm chaser, I raced to the nearby ocean bluff. Richly rewarded with this rare luminous double rainbow, I waggled the panoramic setting on my iPhone just in time to capture this inspiring double arc.

How can you create an inspiring “second arc” of fundraising? Could you be missing this commonly overlooked and quite reachable pot of gold? Hint: Beyond your first ask for fundraising, the second ask is just as powerful. Read my article to learn how you can double your funds and your influence.

Are you an auctioneer ready to skyrocket fundraising, help more clients and increase your life balance? Take your business to the next arc of entrepreneurship. Let’s talk, please contact me to schedule your complimentary consult and to learn more about my new Auctioneer Entrepreneur Mentor Program. 603-235-1196

What’s the logo for Cape Cod Potato Chips? Just scroll down for my latest watercolor of iconic Nauset Beach Light.

Always BIDhi!

Kathy Kingston signature

PS: Curious about physics? Secondary rainbows are caused by a double refraction and reflection of sunlight inside raindrops, centered on the sun. (

PPS: New locations for A Higher Bid book-tour seminars will be announced soon - please watch your upcoming email.

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Feature Article

Is Your Benefit Auction Missing this Fundraising Pot of Gold?

Rainbow Pot of Gold

Photo credit: Kathy Kingston

Somewhere over your rainbow of benefit auction revenue…there’s an auction you dream of where new donors do bid high! Far beyond your silent and live auctions, sponsorships and fund a need truly lies a true pot of fundraising gold.

And no, it’s not a raffle.

Imagine a double rainbow strategy. How can you create an inspiring “second arc of fundraising” for your next benefit auction. Beyond your first ask for fundraising, the second ask is just as powerful. So what is that second arc of fundraising? It’s that all important second ask for referrals from your current supporters. Often overlooked, this powerful double rainbow strategy will help you reach your next span of philanthropy to engage more donors and raise more funds. 

Read full article here 

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Professional Development Opportunities


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For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

Watch for Kathy's Fall Seminar Schedule

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

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For Professional Auctioneers

NEW Auctioneer Entrepreneur Mentor Program

Are you an auctioneer ready to skyrocket fundraising, help more clients and increase your life balance? Take your business to the next arc of entrepreneurship.

Through one-on-one mentoring and coaching, Kathy offers three decades of her award-winning experience in business development, marketing, consulting and fundraising, nonprofit organizations, benefit auctions in a customized, personalized relationship.

Whether you are a seasoned auctioneer who would like to raise your fees and achieve more life balance or if you are a new auctioneer who would like to jump start your business, increase ideal clients and personal branding, Kathy is excited to work with you. This is a highly interactive mentor program to provide you with an innovative, action-packed advancement program that promises to bring creativity, energy and stronger results to you and your clients.

Please contact Kathy for a complimentary consultation now: 603-235-1196

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Praise for Kathy and A Higher Bid


~Kim Parratore, Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly, MA

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Amazon 5 Star Review for A HIGHER BID

“I recently took on a fundraising position that puts me in charge of our annual gala committee, and we needed some guidance to revitalize our event. I picked up A Higher Bid and devoured it in a day! Kathy's insights helped me to identify and prioritize the most important elements of our event and focus our efforts to raise the money we know is out there for our cause.

I sent Kathy an email asking for some recommendations for an auctioneer in our area, and she responded promptly, chatting with me to learn more and recommend the right person for our audience and mission. Her experience and generosity are such gifts!”

~ R.E Maley

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Nauset Lighthouse

Nuset Lighthouse

"Nauset Lighthouse"

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