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October 2018 | Issue No. 107

Note from Kathy

Happy Howl o ween

Fall is my favorite!

Once autumn, I leaf-peeped from the scarlet tundra in Denali, Alaska to breathtaking vistas on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire to the deep russet oaks of New Jersey woodlands.

Want $10,000 and more fun? Find out how in my article to add a new, fast, interactive raffle that gets bid cards flying at your next benefit auction.

I’m so excited to invite you for our unique fall professional development opportunities.

National nonprofit experts, Karen Eber Davis, Gail Bower and I will present a series of 3 free webinars on October 29, November 5 and 12: Turbocharge Your Nonprofit Leadership Webinars. Register here.

Mythbusters V is back! For the fifth year, Michael Upp, of Mitch Stuart, Inc. and I will bust high flying fallacies that will surprise you. Free webinar November 1. Register here.

Benefit auctioneers: many past participants said this consulting workshop was THEIR GAME CHANGER! Consulting Workshop for Benefit Auctioneers: December 3 & 4 in Scottsdale, AZ. There is no other professional development experience like this anywhere. Register now, limited space.

Scroll down for this month's watercolor - Fall is Here!

Always BIDhi!

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Feature Article

Fast, fun, profitable - THE GOLDEN PADDLE Raffle

The Golden Paddle

A top question I’m asked is, “How can we raise more money?” This is often followed by, “What about adding some revenue games at our fundraising auction?” Extra revenue generators can become a profitable and cherished part of your fundraising auction event. The best part is, they exponentially increase the fun factor too.

At many fundraising events, there’s often a wide socioeconomic mix. Many guests who attend don’t want, don’t need, or can’t afford to bid on a big-ticket auction item. But they do want to contribute and participate, and to have fun, too. By strategically placing a few carefully selected additional revenue activities into the event, an organization can engage everyone at all levels.

That’s why I love The Golden Paddle. Here’s how it works.


The Golden Paddle energizes your audience, is a lot of fun, and gives a winning guest an immediate cash allowance that inspires lots of excitement, fun and increased bidding.

Read my full article here.

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Nonprofits & Schools

NEW FREE Online Leadership Training Turbocharge Your Nonprofit Leadership

October 29 Attracting and Keeping Generous Donors
November 5 Turn Your Board Members into Revenue Heroes
November 12      Sponsorship Sales in the Fast Lane

International nonprofit thought leaders - Kathy Kingston, Karen Eber Davis and Gail Bower present their results-driven breakthrough strategies to engage donors, enlighten boards and expand sponsorships. A not-to-be-missed complimentary webinar series!

Sign up and details. 

Benefit Auction Mythbusters V Webinar
Thursday, November 1st    

Who yagonna call?
Join Kathy Kingston and Michael Upp of Mitch Stuart, Inc. as they debunk new tough revenue-robbing benefit auction myths.You’ll learn their latest insider secrets about what really works for benefit auctions now. Catapult your bottom line and cultivate your donors!

Sign up and details.

Professional Development Opportunities

Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop

Early Registration Expires November 1: $997

How to Create a Highly Profitable Stream of Income For Your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting

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Benefit Auctioneer Mentor Program

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

Ready to increase ideal clients, add more valuable consulting, raise your fees, market and promote your unique approach, polish your performance, empower your contract auctioneers, enhance your professional presentation skills, decrease labor intensity, focus on greater life balance. Through Kathy’s individualized Mentor and Coaching, you’ll focus on your surpassing your goals with high performance, innovation and proven results.

In this increasingly competitive and complex economy, now is the time to stand out by investing in yourself and your business.

Let's talk...Contact Kathy for your complimentary call now: 603-235-1196

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Praise for Kathy

"Kathy Kingston’s time proven skills, techniques and hints helped us raise 40% more money than the previous year. Kathy’s strategic thinking will help your non-profit organization reach new heights as well!"

~ Douglas Lovell, Former Director of Parent Relations & Planned Giving Cardigan Mountain School

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Fall is Here


"Fall is Here"

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.

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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