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September 2016 | Issue No. 89

Note from Kathy

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~Albert Camus

Ready for fall fundraising season!

Congratulations to Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction where generosity was flowing. They broke a new fundraising record of $4.75 million to support 90 Sonoma nonprofits and children's literacy programs! It's an honor to serve as their consultant and strategist.

How can you avoid a costly benefit auction mistake? Consider my "sound advice" to inspire your audience and keep those bid cards waving.  Read my article here.

What was the top take-away and hot topic from our fundraising auction seminars in Arizona? Nonprofits discovered exactly how to find new donors and to get the right people at their auction. Fellow co-presenter and benefit auctioneer Bobby D Ehlert and I dove deep into new audience development and donor cultivation strategies. 

If you'd like more fundraising gems such as top selling items and new profit ideas, consider joining me at our upcoming book tour seminars. You'll learn to use the same top strategies as Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction! Join me on October 6 in Windsor Connecticut. Next seminar stop is Washington, DC on October 24 and Arlington, VA on October 25 with co-presenter and benefit auctioneer Lynne Zink.  We hope to meet you there personally.  Details and registration:

Take a look at "16 Candles" my latest watercolor. Just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Would you like to bring A Higher Bid book tour seminar to your town? Just contact Kathy - let's talk!  603-235-1196

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Feature Article

Sound - Lights - Auction Fundraising!

Sound for Auctions

"You'll raise significantly more money with fundraising auction-quality sound and lights." ~ Kathy Kingston

Often, benefit auction gala committees skimp, forget, or just avoid using professional sound and lighting, but they are critical. Here's a basic truth: if your audience cannot hear you, they will not bid. When guests do not bid, you fail to engage and inspire you guests leaving untold money in the room.

"Fundraising auction quality" sound and lighting serves in your best interest to maximize revenue and adds to the quality of your guests' experience.  A benefit charity auction has a very specific sound design, and there are two components that matter. First, insist that professional audio and visual specialists take care of the sound and lights. Never, ever use the speakers in the ceiling of a venue-they are designed to make one announcement or maybe play a little background music during dinner. They are inadequate for charity benefit auctions, and if you use them, you will have miserable fundraising results... Continue to read full article here 

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Professional Development Opportunities


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For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

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*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

"Everything was fabulous and informative. I was completely entertained. This seminar could actually be an all day event. Looking forward to using the tools I learned." 

~Holly Rose, CEO, Don't be a Chump, check for a lump! Phoenix, AZ

"Incredibly valuable information from an experienced group of speakers. I loved all the real world experience information and feedback" 

~Randi Garcia, Love I Am

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: 16 Candles

16 Candles

“16 Candles”

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