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February 2019 | Issue No. 110

Note from Kathy

Spring Crocuses

Crocuses always signal spring fundraising auction season!

How will you optimize fundraising and donor engagement at your benefit auction? Fundraising is now more competitive and complex. Donors are craving more inspiration and impact. Charitable giving surpassed an all-time high. Benefit auctions are booming.

Are you ready break revenue records, engage new donors and create a culture of giving? You can! I'm excited to you to join my new Private Mentoring Program for nonprofits and schools. Please contact contact me to learn more.

Learn how you can avoid the top five commonly overlooked and easy to fix mistakes in auction fundraisers, read my article.

For experienced auctioneers: New Master Class Fund a Need Workshop for Benefit Auctioneers on December 2 and 3, 2019. Spend two intense days raising the bar on lucrative Fund a Need appeals. You'll be immersed in leading-edge thinking, hands-on learning and individualized coaching. Very limited space.

Just scroll down to see my latest watercolor Winter Birches.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Are you ready to transform your benefit auction into your top donor engagement opportunity? I’d love to invite you to my new Private Mentoring Program. Let’s talk!  603-235-1196

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Feature Article

5 Deadly Sins of Benefit Auctions

How to avoid commonly overlooked and easy to fix mistakes at benefit auctions, fundraisers and galas.

By Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS

Mistake #1: Leave Money in the Room
THE most expensive mistake you can make is using a volunteer amateur auctioneer. Why risk it? Retaining an experienced professional fundraising auctioneer can increase your net auction profits from 20% to over 300% immediately. Uniquely experienced and dedicated to maximizing fundraising, a professional benefit auctioneer does not cost —it pays!                    

Mistake #2: Don’t Ask for Funds
It’s financial suicide not to properly conduct a profitable Fund a Need Special Appeal. Let’s face it, not everyone wants or needs a live or silent auction item. Create this opportunity for everyone to contribute to your great cause at a level that is meaningful to them. Ignite generosity with a well conducted, inspiring Fund A Need that that can literally double your live auction profits in just 10 minutes!

Read the rest of my article here for more sins...

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A Higher Bid Book: 5-Star Reviews on Amazon

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"A Higher Bid is an absolute must for anyone serious about transforming live fundraising events into unforgettable occasions. Kathy Kingston's insightful book on how to maximize gala giving and inspire year long donor engagement is invaluable to my professional life. Her voice brings sprit and harmony to the non-profit world like no other."

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


Professional Development Opportunities

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Professional Auctioneers

MASTER CLASS Fund a Need Workshop Monday and Tuesday, December 2 and 3, 2019 Saguaro Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona

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 strategies and elite stage performance to showcase your unique value and be well compensated in an increasingly competitive environment.

Kathy’s personalized coaching will empower you to inspire clients, donors and audiences to accelerate your career and to skyrocket auction fundraising and invigorate your bottom line. Join us at boutique Hotel Saguaro for a very favorable rate of $119 per night in heart of Old Town Scottsdale.

Note: Extremely limited space, our class is now over half-full. Please register now to insure YOUR spot. Details and registration: click here.

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Praise for Kathy

"Kathy, I really can not express my gratitude for the opportunity to learn from you. Truly you are a Gem – Leader – Innovator – Ambassador for meaningful relationships.

Here are the ideas that I found so valuable: donor centric thinking – it’s about the donors, emotional language for the appeal-why do donors care. There was a Community of Professionals in your class with an excellent mix of visual and attendee participation. So much to take away!! Thank you for all the handouts and the book."

~ Carol Miller, Bailey’s Honor Auctions Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Kathy's Art: Winter Birches

Winter Birches

"Winter Birches"

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2019 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.

©2019 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved