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July 2018 | Issue No. 105

Note from Kathy


Here I am sitting with ice on my knee after a successful meniscus surgery earlier this summer - so I had to put off my tango competition.

Well, I’ve had plenty of time to think about what you can do in August that will powerfully impact your upcoming benefit auction. Read my article to learn 3 commonly overlooked fundraising tips to do right now.

Love hummingbirds? Enjoy my new watercolor: “Nectar”

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop
Monday and Tuesday, December 3 and 4, Scottsdale, AZ
The GAME CHANGER for Benefit Auctioneers - Click here

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Feature Article

3 Secret Summer Fundraising Secrets

It’s August - your magic time for fundraising.

NOW is the perfect time to turbo charge your live auction and find new donors. Summer is chock full of vacations, special trips, unique experiences, get-togethers and back-to-school activities.

So while you, your board, committee members, volunteers and staff are enjoying the rest of summer, be sure to ask for live auction items and invite friends old and new to your fundraiser.

Here are your 3 August Fundraising Action Items

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

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Professional Development Opportunities

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Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop

Highly interactive. Personalized Coaching. Powerful.

This is the first time I’ve offered this workshop in three years. You will learn and practice through a combination of real consulting case studies and role-playing. Discover how to handle your toughest fundraising and nonprofit challenges with confidence. There is no other professional development experience like this anywhere.

This class will sell out. Super early bird rates now: $797.

Monday and Tuesday, December 3 & 4, 2018
Saguaro Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ

Details and registration:

Contact Kathy: 603-235-1196

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"Kathy is well known among the Auctioneer community for running highly successful Benefit Fundraisers and Auctions. She is the go to for questions that even highly experienced auctioneers use for resolving issues. The book is a invaluable reference, especially for organizations that are looking to maximize their fundraising efforts. Deep into detail and planning needs, Kathy writes in a friendly format as if she was sitting across the table from you!

For Auctioneers...and especially Benefit Auctioneer Specialists, this book is a handy and important reference to cover all the bases while working with organizations and helping them plan their fundraisers for maximum return.

SImply awesome...and highly recommended!

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

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Praise for Kathy

"Kathy your material and content was outstanding! The greatest values for me are the people and getting know the people who attend the auction – building the relationships.

I like how you encouraged us to change our paradigm. Love Your Style! Love You!!”

~Daren Shumway, Call to Auction
Phoenix, Arizona

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Nectar



Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2018 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.

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

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.

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