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July 2018 | Issue No. 104

Note from Kathy

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day! 

I’ve just returned from picturesque Wellfleet to renew after a terrific auction season. What a treat to explore remote beaches and outer dunes (courtesy of friends with an ORV permit) where relaxation and watercolor painting take the center stage.

Working all across our country, I’ve noticed new patterns - especially in this rapidly changing nonprofit landscape. Fellow nonprofit expert consultants Karen Eber Davis and Gail Bower see a trend among leaders, just like you, who are taking a bolder, more enterprising, courageous path. 

We’ve named this new trend: Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leadership

Watch our online Expert Panel replay here. It’s available for a short time, so sign up to see the replay and watch it now.

Have a fantastic summer. Ready for Inviting Surf? Scroll down for my new watercolor.

Always BIDhi!

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Feature Article

Why does Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leadership Matter?

Do you want to take your organization to a dynamic new level?

We see a trend among leaders, just like you, taking a bolder, more courageous path. They are removing constraints, such as those of the government funding system along with their anemic results, and taking a customer-focused approach to health and socio-economic issues.

These leaders are experimenting with new revenue sources. They’re approaching each of their organizational assets, like events and marketing platforms, with strategy, efficiency, and agility.

For the first time ever, three leading nonprofit experts, Kathy Kingston, Gail Bower and Karen Eber Davis joined forces. During the expert panel, we shared our experiences with innovative leaders so that you can take a more enterprising approach to your nonprofit leadership.

Read my full article here for the rest of the article.

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A Higher Bid Book


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A Higher Bid Book: 5-Star Reviews on Amazon

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"Kathy Kingston and her straightforward no-nonsense approach to event fundraising literally changed my life. As a seasoned development director, my implementation of her strategies and using a professional benefit auctioneer took our tired charity gala from 33K to over 167K the first year. The next year raked in over 300K. I changed my career after reading this book and have never looked back. Stop wasting your time and killing your staff with antiquated ways you "used to do it". Start raising more money with less time and effort by investing in what will bring an instant return: a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, the right people in the seats and a carefully planned fundraising event. Let Kathy tell you how in her book."

Transform fundraising events into long-term revenue with expert auction advice
A Higher Bid is the nonprofit, school and charitable organization guide to planning and executing more exciting, more lucrative special event fundraisers. In this book, award-winning consultant, fundraiser, speaker, and professional auctioneer Kathy Kingston shares her proprietary and proven approaches to audience development, board empowerment, leadership succession, guest cultivation and engagement, and donor development.

Order your copy of A Higher Bid on Amazon here: and receive free gifts from Kathy Kingston

Questions? Ideas? Please feel free to contact Kathy Kingston or call 603-235-1196

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Professional Development Opportunities

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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 2018

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

"I loved your panel of experts for questions and answers and mini-live auction! Kathy is very lively and kept me engaged the entire time…wish we had even more time to hear her wisdom!"

~ Mikaela Saccoccio, Development Operations Coordinator, West End House Boys and Girls Club, Allston, Massachusetts

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Inviting Surf

Inviting Surf

"Inviting Surf"

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2018 All rights reserved

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© 2008-2018 Kathleen A. Kingston. 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.

©2018 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved