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March 2016 | Issue No. 83

Note from Kathy

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How do you keep your donors
engaged after your benefit auction?

This spring is showering record auction revenues!

Our auction clients and those of my fellow benefit auctioneers around the country are enjoying outstanding results - even doubling profits over last year. Why? Strategic fundraising consultation and a strong focus to engage auction guests as loyal donors. Learn more in my article: "How Do You Keep Your Donors After Your Auction Event?"

I've enjoyed learning and presenting at the AFP International Conference. A highlight was Kofi Annan's riveting keynote where this former Secretary General of the United Nations shared an African proverb: "If you want to go quickly go alone. If you wish to go far, go together." Thank you for all of your efforts; philanthropy is changing the world.

Please join me for my new Fundraising Auction Seminars on my book-tour in Seattle, WA on April 19, Santa Rosa, CA on May 17 and Portland, OR on May 19. Enjoy the special fee of only $47! Registration and details: I hope to see YOU there!

Enjoy my latest ‘tweet' - check out my newest watercolor: "My Little Chickadee", just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Feel free to reach out to your nonprofit and school colleagues to let them know about my new "Fundraising Auction Seminar Book Tour" in Seattle on April 19, in Santa Rosa on May 17 and in Portland on May 19. Registration and details:

PPS: If you are ready to turbocharge your auction to that next level, let's talk. Connect with me to schedule your complimentary "Explode Your Auction Profit Consultation." 603-235-1196.

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Feature Article

How Do You Keep Your Donors After Your Benefit Auction?

Silver & Gold

"Make new friends but keep the old.
  One is silver and the other is gold."

Recently I enjoyed a San Diego visit with life-long friends Kathie and Karen. Even though we have lived on different coasts, our friendship has thrived since we were 5 year old kindergarten pals.

As girl scouts, we sang this beloved campfire song that rings even more true today. Now, we share what we love most: our families - we each come from a tribe of five sisters, birds, fish tacos, ocean, travel, football, dogs, and our commitment to helping animal rescue groups.

Enduring friendships are truly golden — and so are your donors.

However, a top problem for many nonprofit organizations is that they are not retaining their donors. Donor attrition may be as high as 40 to 70 percent for a typical nonprofit. If you were running a business and lost 60 percent of your customers every year, you'd be out of business. It is as critical for a nonprofit to develop a pool of donors who upgrade their gifts as it is for a business to build steady customers.

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

"Dear Kathy: I wanted to get in touch and say thank you. I have just finished reading your awesome book, A Higher Bid. I now need to start again and study it in detail to help me become the Champion that I am to become.  You have given so much insight and inspiration from the dedication and commitment to your passion. I'm sure you hear it all the time but once more can never hurt. Thank You for All You Have Done and Will Continue to Do!"

~Sean Donnelly, Professional Auctioneer, Blessed and Grateful Auctions, Florida

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: My Little Chickadee


"My Little Chickadee"

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