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September 2015 | Issue No. 78

Note from Kathy

Kathy Kingston

4.5 million! Congratulations to Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction that smashed all records to fund outstanding children's literacy programs plus over 80 Sonoma county charities. It's a honor to work with their outstanding executive directors, boards, vintners, growers and generous donors as their consultant and strategist.

Hearty thanks to AFP Fairfield County Connecticut Chapter, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, and Connecticut Association of Nonprofits for hosting my fundraising auction seminar and book signing last week.

Hear Kathy live. Tune in to the Ted Hart Nonprofit Radio Show. I'll be Ted's guest on Wednesday, October 13 at 12pm Eastern Time.

What new trend in benefit auction bidder behavior can help you raise more money? But, only if you get head of the auction item promotion power curve now. Learn more in my article , "7 Surprising Tips to Fire Up Your Benefit Auction Item Marketing."

You say tomato? Just scroll down to see my latest watercolor: "Bountiful Harvest"

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Are you ready to take your auction fundraiser to the next level? I work with all sizes and types of nonprofits and schools from coast to coast. Email me to schedule your complimentary "Auction Profit Booster Consultation" now:

PPS: Would you like my "A Higher Bid Book Seminar" in your area - let's talk! I'd love to help you raise more money and engage more donors with strategic benefit auctions! 603-235-1196

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Feature Article

7 Surprising Tips to Fire Up Your Benefit
Auction Item Marketing

Ask yourself, who really wants or needs silent auction or live auction items anymore?

Pre Promotion Chart
Put Your Auction
Promotion on Steroids


Unless you intensely market your auction items BEFORE your benefit auction, you may be leaving thousands of dollars in the room.
Benefit Auctions are booming across the country, but now you must be more strategic! First, you must understand that the mindset of your auction guests has changed.

Bidding behaviors of charity auction goers have changed in this new economy.

Now, you must educate your charity auction guests all about your items and your mission long before your auction night.

Read my article to learn 7 surprising tips to get those bid cards waving higher!

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Nonprofit Professional Development

Amazon Best Seller: A Higher Bid!

*Want a book signing or special seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Auctioneers: 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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Praise for Kathy and A Higher Bid

Consulting Worshop
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Sister MaryAlyce, President, Notre Dame Cristo Rey
Lawrence, Mass

"I loved this book (A Higher Bid)! It is a treasure trove of ideas and great advice presented in a format that is easy to understand. Our non-profit community arts center has been hosting a fund-raising gala for 10 years and we have learned a lot of the lessons in the book the hard way. As we continue to grow and expand our development skills, this book will be a invaluable resource for our volunteer committee members, board members and staff. Each chapter provides dozens of strategies, ideas and the reasons behind why they work. It is a very user-friendly book with lots of practical examples, sample "scripts" for volunteers and interesting stories that will inspire many "Aha" moments. Open A Higher Bid to any page and you are sure to come away with tons of valuable insight in just a few minutes of reading."

Karen J. Bennett

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art:Bountiful Harvest

Tomatoes in Basket
"Bountiful Harvest"

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2015 All rights reserved

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© 2008-2015 Kathleen A. Kingston. 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.

©2015 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved