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May 2016 | Issue No. 85

Note from Kathy

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Thirty years ago, I conducted my first benefit auction. I loved every minute!

Today I still feel that inspiring lighting bolt jolt in my heart even three decades later at every auction from Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce to Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. Thank you for sharing your insights, passion and knowledge about fundraising and philanthropy with me. You continued to inspire! Thank YOU!

Is auction fundraising is still right for you? Enjoy my article: Twelve questions every nonprofit and school must ask before planning your next auction fundraiser.

After a terrific spring benefit auction season and book-tour seminars criss-crossing the country, I’m happy to spend some time on Cape Cod to rejuvenate, write, paint and plan. Enjoying tides ebb and flow over the oyster beds, I’m reflecting on the adage "When the tides come in, all the boats rise." Enjoy my new watercolor - just scroll down for "Incoming Tide.”

Wishing you unprecedented success!

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PS: As a special 30th anniversary gift — enjoy this complimentary Special Report: How Do You Spell Fundraising Success?  A U C T I O N S!- Click here to get it now!

PPS:  To book Kathy as a speaker, auctioneer or to schedule a consult: Call 603-235-1196 or email

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Feature Article

Is Auction Fundraising Right For You?

12 top questions you must ask before planning your next fundraising event

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Are fundraising auctions still right for you?
12 Vital Questions

Are benefit auctions, special event fundraisers, and charity galas right for you? In most cases, the answer is a resounding yes. When designed and executed strategically, these fundraising events can be your golden gateway to significant fundraising and long-term donor engagement.   

Read full article here 

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Praise for Kathy and A Higher Bid


~Dennis McCarthy, Director of Development, Jumpstart, Boston, MA

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"I enjoyed your entire seminar. The material was excellent. The value fabulous excellent value for all the knowledge you provided for A Higher Bid! Excellent to be in the audience, very engaging - I learned so much!"

~Christine Tonelli, Director, Kenwood Education Foundation, Kenwood, California

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Incoming Tide


"Incoming Tide"

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