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September 2018 | Issue No. 106

Note from Kathy

What’s your path to record breaking fundraising auctions?

Here's to a fabulous fundraising auction season!

Have you ever considered making your benefit auctioneer your coach? One of the greatest values a professional benefit auctioneer can bring is expertise and ability as a consultant. Read my article to discover how a benefit auctioneer consultant can turbocharge your auction.

This summer had been full of watercolor painting and physical therapy for my knee. Plus, it's been exciting to develop a great line up of new professional development opportunities for you: Innovations for Benefit Auctioneers Webinar and Benefit Auction Consulting Workshop.

Sneak peak: watch for three new webinars on Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leadership. Along with nonprofit experts Karen Eber Davis and Gail Bower, we'll focus on fresh approaches to corporate sponsorships, attracting donors with benefit auctions and board empowerment.

Just scroll down to see the happiest of flowers.

Always BIDhi!

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PS:  Thank you all for your kind wishes and support. My knee is healing very nicely from surgery this summer to repair a torn meniscus.

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Feature Article

Make Your Auctioneer Your Coach

Benefit Auction Consultant
Playbook for Success!

How will you catapult your fundraising auction to the next level?

Learn from the pros. Hire a coach. 

Hire a Benefit Auctioneer Consultant.

Pre-auction consulting may make the difference between having a nominally successful event and triumphantly setting a new fundraising record. Pre-auction planning helps nonprofits increase their revenues by ensuring time efficiency and saving volunteers and development staff from burnout.

The most valuable thing a professional benefit auctioneer can bring to an organization is expertise and ability as a consultant. A pro will give you fresh, profitable ways to take your auction to the next level.

A benefit auction consultant is an invaluable advisor who helps you design an exciting memorable fundraising event to boost your bottom line and to drive donor engagement. As early as possible, months prior to the event, a skilled and savvy auction consultant can provide expert advice on powerful revenue ideas, capitalizing on new trends, leveraging donor and bidding psychology, energizing your program, communicating the impact of your mission and adding fun and pizazz.

Read my full article here.

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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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December 14, 2017
John Russell

"An extremely helpful and well written book. We are incorporating many of Kathy’s ideas into the next Destin Charity Wine Auction."

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

Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop

Save $200 now. Super Early Rates Expire September 17: $797

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

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Complimentary Webinar

Innovations for Benefit Auctioneers

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

Presenter:  Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS

Innovations for Benefit Auctioneers

Please join us for this content-rich webinar. Kathy will take a deep dive into innovations for your benefit auction business. You’ll discover how to provide greater value, increase your business income and to attract ideal clients who will retain and refer you. Register now!

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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 wanted to reach out and thank you so much for your wonderful guidance, leadership, advice, and participation in our 75th Year Anniversary. You really lead the group to success and I couldn’t be more grateful that you helped us achieve our most successful gala in the history of Carver Center. Our net was 150% over what we budgeted.With lots of Gratitude,"

~ Joseph Kwasniewski, Chief Executive Officer, Carver Center, Port Chester, New York

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Kathy's Art: Sunflower



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.

©2018 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved