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Kathy Kingston's BIDhi!
August 2010

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Jump Start Auction Planning Now!

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Note from Kathy

Kathy in Alaska
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What a summer of creativity! I'm just back from an amazing watercolor workshop in remote Seldovia, Alaska - only accessible by a thrilling water taxi with a humpback whale escort as a bonus! (Scroll down to see some of my summer paintings - enjoy!)

Plus, I've launched a new schedule of benefit auction classes so you can achieve breakthrough results now. Are YOU ready? Read my article below for hot auction planning tips.

I'm excited to invite you to my NEW monthly Tele-Seminar Series: Blow the Top Off Fundraising Auctions. Learn in the convenience and cost-effectiveness of your office or home. Click here for super early bird pricing.

I've hand-selected powerful Tele-Seminar topics that maximize profits in this new economy:
    • How to Recession Proof Your Auction
    • How to get Silent Auction to produce Loud Results
    • 5 Techniques to Inspire Donors to Throw Money
    • And much more...  Click here for all classes...

I'm invigorated for auctions! Call me to learn how you can increase YOUR income with our pre-auction consulting, fall workshop and dynamic tele-seminars.

Kathy Kingston


PS: BONUS: Receive special pricing, 2 free Tele-Seminars and my e-booklets if you register for the Tele-Seminar Series now.

PPS: SPECIAL BONUS: Win a free 1 hour consultation for your Auction Committee with Kathy if you are one of the first 5 to register for the entire Tele-Seminar Series.

PPPS: Feel free to forward this to a friend and a colleague who you think would benefit. Register now at HowToRaiseMoreMoney.com

Ignite Generosity!


Tockwotton Home

Kathy consults on Auction Planning with Tockwotton Home

A benefit auction, well planned and smoothly orchestrated can raise thousands of dollars and increase donor loyalty. Even in this challenging economy, our clients have achieved amazing breakthrough results. One key common denominator is no mystery: Superb Pre-Auction Planning.

My favorite organizing secret: schedule every single Auction Committee meeting for the entire year. Ask everyone to write each date and time in their calendar during your very first get together. (This tip alone makes you super productive and saves hours of crazy scheduling.)

Want more hot secrets to propel your fundraising auction to the next level? Join me for my NEW Tele-Seminar Series called: Blow the Top Off Fundraising Auctions.

Here are some key auction planning dates to focus your auction team during this vital six to 12 month planning process:

check Select your auction date: ASAP
checkSolicit Auction Chairs & Committees: ASAP
checkRetain and involve your Auctioneer: ASAP
checkSecure your auction venue: ASAP
checkWrite your Auction Master Calendar: ASAP
checkHold exciting Kick-Off: 6 months out
checkSend Save-the-Date Card: 2 to 6 months out
checkMail Invitations: 60–90 days prior to event
checkEmail announcements: once per month
checkDeadline for Auction Items: 1 month to 2 weeks out
checkRequest Guest RSVP: 7–10 days out
checkPrint Auction Catalog: 7 days out
checkSend Auction Preview letter/email 7 days out
checkFollow Up: personal phone calls are the best
checkProvide healthy volunteer food at all your meetings
checkHave fun and keep your sense of humor




Bring Kathy Kingston's extensive experience, innovation and motivational energy to your Auction Committee, Staff, Volunteers and Board with PHONE or IN-PERSON CONSULTATION. Contact her: kathy@kingstonauction.com 603-926-1919

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"Tide's Out"
"Safe Harbor"

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Client Quote

"It was absolutely the best seminar I have ever attended. I have been raising funds and planning and special events for over 10 years. Kathy gave me some wonderful insights on how to raise more funds during an event and ways to keep your audience captivated. I will certainly use what I've learned with others in my organization. Thank you again!"

Sharon Pelkey, Director of Development, Special Olympics Connecticut

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Who We Are
We are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative training for both non-profits and auctioneers. A national leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout New England and across the country for over 24 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. 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.

Visit KingstonAuction.com or call 603-926-1919

Email: kathy@kingstonauction.com

© 2010 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved.