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September 2017 | Issue No. 97

Note from Kathy

Hands Raised
Invite your Super Connectors
to your next auction

Beyond Fundraising!

This summer I was honored speak at our International Auctioneers Conference about how to turbocharge fundraising and to engage new donors at your benefit auction with donor-focused communication. I’ll be writing and teaching more about this vital and trending philanthropy topic.

Would you like to attract new generous guests for your next auction fundraiser? Check out my secret tip in this month's article: Super Connectors! Tap into a powerful audience development strategy. Hint: these donors are already affiliated with you and love your cause!

Join us for 2 NEW unique development opportunities!

All in! Fundraising Seminar.
Liz Page of Liz Page Associates will join me as we share our top insider secrets on fundraising events. This seminar is a game-changer! For nonprofits and schools on October 26 in Boston, MA. Only $49 that includes a complimentary signed copy of A Higher Bid! Register here

Master Class Fund-a-Need Auctioneer Workshop.
Become known as a top expert in the most profitable fundraising method. For experienced auctioneers and consultants. Leading-edge thinking, hands-on learning and individualized coaching in a dynamic, fun, small group setting. December 3 and 4 in Scottsdale, AZ. Think of this class as a cross between an MBA in Fundraising and Outward Bound. Details and Registration

Please scroll down for my watercolor - Summer Clouds.

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Feature Article

Who Are Your Super Connectors?

The secret to attracting new donors to your fundraiser auction

One of the top questions I’m often asked is, “How can I attract the new donors to my fundraiser auction who will give generously?”

The answer: be highly strategic to include people in your next circle of influence in your audience development plans. Leveraging your stakeholders’ multiple spheres of influence is one of the most overlooked aspects of developing and engaging audiences at fundraising events and auctions.

This article includes an often overlooked target audience for fundraising events. I call this powerful group: Super Connectors!

Continue to read full article here

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Professional Development Opportunities

For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

All in! Fundraising Seminar
Thursday, October 26 ~ 1 - 4:30pm
UMASS Club, Boston, MA

Join me with Liz Page, of Liz Page Associates. We'll share our top insider secrets on fundraising events. All new material. Get ready to learn our new proven fundraising methods that break records and change lives. I'll share my advanced strategies from my #1 best-selling book, A Higher Bid, to catapult your auction and event profits. Liz Page will share her powerful ways to bring your mission, your message and your moment to life. This dynamic duo seminar is not to be missed. Register now for only $49. You'll receive a complimentary copy of A Higher Bid.  Contact Kathy for more information Details and registration

For Auctioneers

MASTER CLASS Fund a Need Workshop for Auctioneers Sunday & Monday, December 3 & 4.
Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
Favorable early registration discount until September 15

This is a NEW advanced Master Class Workshop on Fund a Need for experienced benefit auctioneers and consultants. Registration is limited. Leading-edge thinking, hands-on learning and individualized coaching in a dynamic, fun, small group setting. There is nothing like this.

Stand out as an expert in designing and conducting world-class Fund a Need appeals. You'll take away advanced strategies and innovative techniques to transform this massive income stream that is worth millions to your clients in lifetime donor value. You'll learn cutting-edge consulting to showcase your unique value and be well compensated in an increasingly competitive environment. All new material. There are only 4 spots left. Contact Kathy for more information.

Early registration ends September 15 - Save $600 now. Details and Registration

Would you like to bring Kathy's new Fundraising Auction Seminar to your town on her book tour? It's easy, just contact Kathy - let's talk! 603-926-1919

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Benefit Auctioneer Mentor Program

Bring Your Professional Benefit Auctioneer
and Consulting Talents to the Next Level!

Auctioneers: Get ready now for your record-breaking 2017

Leverage this new economy, now is the time to invest in yourself and your business.

Contact Kathy for your free "Benefit Auction Business Success Consultation" today. 603-235-1196

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Praise for Kathy

"Awesome! Love the emphasis on the relationship with donors. This is key to success, not the auction items. Kathy is the best of the best."

~Anita Burrows, Starting Point Board Member, Conway New Hampshire

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Summer Clouds

Summer Clouds

“Summer Clouds”

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2017 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.

©2017 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved