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January 2013 | Issue No. 48

Note from Kathy

Nibble Light House
Nubble Lighthouse in Winter
Thrive in 2013!

I had the pleasure of spending New Year’s Eve Day painting unsurpassed views of Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick Maine. Photographers gathered in the stiff salty breezes to capture this most visited, most photographed, and considered the most picturesque Lighthouse in America today.  A new tradition!

To thank you and to offer you more value, watch your emails for my NEW "Kathy Kingston Tuesday Video Series." Let’s make your 2013 your best ever. Giving is up and benefit auctions are booming!
Do you commit any of these Deadly Sins of Fundraising Auctions: Auction Item Overload, Fund-a-Need Suicide or Bidder Fatigue? Enjoy my article: “Don’t Wreck Your Charity Fundraiser” and learn easy ways to avoid common calamities in benefit auctions.
Auctioneers: are you ready to skyrocket fundraising for your nonprofits and schools? Nonprofits and schools: do you have an auctioneer that you love and want them to learn  my innovative methods to raise your auction to the next level?  Meet me in Atlanta for my Benefit Auction Consulting Workshop in Atlanta on August 5 & 6. 
Scroll down to see my new winter watercolor:  “Icy Stream”

Always BIDhi!

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PS:  ASK Kathy Kingston TS
Thursday, February 28th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific
It’s Me. It’s FREE. Ask Me Anything!
What are your burning benefit auction questions?

PPS:  Consulting Workshop for Benefit Auctioneers
Create a Highly Profitable Income Stream for Your Business
August 5 & 6   Embassy Suites, ATLANTA, GA
Details and Super Early Bird Registration Here

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Feature Article

5 Deadly Sins of Benefit Auctions
Don't Wreck Your Charity Auction Fundraiser

By Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS

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How to Fix Charity
Auction Mistakes

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!


Please read the full article here.

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NEW ASK Kathy Kingston *Free Teleseminar

Thursday, February 28th  1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific
*Free* Teleseminar with Kathy Kingston Live
Sign up today. Complimentary Audio Replay. No cost.

What are your burning questions?
Listen with your entire Auction Committee

NEW Benefit Auction Audio Encyclopedia

Expand Your Fundraising Library & Raise More Money!
7 Audio Volumes of Kathy’s Best Benefit Auction Ideas
Listen with your entire Auction Committee
Bonus: Quick Start Tool Kit & Consult with Kathy
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For Professional Auctioneers

Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop

Create a Highly Profitable Stream of Income for
Your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting
August 5 & 6, 2013 - Embassy Suites: Atlanta Georgia

Limited Spaces. Register NOW:
Please contact Kathy

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Advance Your Fundraising Stage Performance
Raise More Money!
  Catapult Your Career!
December 9 & 10, 2013 TBA Soon

Save the date: Limited Spaces. 
Please contact Kathy

NEW Audio Book: Do I Hear A Million?

Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits!

Kathy’s new audio-book:  It’s over 3.5 hours top notch training and strategies for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising auctions to the next level.
Available NOW!

Mentor Programs

Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Private Roster Mentor Program

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"Kathy's impact on our event was immense. She not only brought the house down with her incredible skill as auctioneer but her consultation and strategy prior to the event made the difference to our record breaking success."   

- Lisa Bosquet, Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement
  Providence College, Rhode Island

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: If you have any questions or comments, please send them to:

2008-2012 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

Kathy's Watercolor

Kathy's Art - Icy Stream

Icy Stream
Original Watercolor by Kathy Kingston
2013 All rights reserved

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Who We Are

Kingston Auction LogoWe 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 25 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.

2013 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved