PORTLAND, Ore., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Charities are leaving millions of dollars on the table at fundraising events. But that needn't be the case if they follow the innovative strategies for benefit auctions taught by author Kathy Kingston in her upcoming Fundraising Auction Seminar.
Kathy Kingston, award-winning auctioneer, consultant and author of the Amazon bestseller "A Higher Bid: How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Benefit Auctions" will teach a fundraising auction seminar for nonprofits and schools in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., and includes a book signing.
Open exclusively to staff, executives, Board members and volunteers of nonprofit organizations, including charities, foundations, schools, and health care organizations, the two-hour interactive seminar will teach participants how to maximize fundraising income during a benefit charity auction, and to turn bidders into dedicated donors. Each will receive an autographed copy of A Higher Bid, bonus gifts including special reports and checklists to assist with auction planning, and the opportunity to participate in Q&A with Kathy.
"Most benefit auctions are ineffective because groups are using tired and stale event fundraising methods," said Kingston, a trusted advisor and philanthropy expert who consults on fundraising issues. "They are starving for new fundraising ideas that work. People who serve on philanthropic boards and donors are bored to death with the same old events."
In her 30-year career, she has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits, charities and schools across the country. Clients include Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, who went from $700,000 to $4.5 million in their Live Auction and Fund-A-Need Appeals using Kathy's techniques, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, who in one year raised $500,000 in new gifts from new donors by implementing Kathy's strategies and Boston-based Teen Voices, who doubled their auction income after attending just one seminar.
Unlike other event training, this seminar helps organizations overcome a top problem -- donor retention. "Strategic benefit auctions are the new catalyst for philanthropy in this economy," said Kingston. "In my two hour charity auction seminar, I will impart profitable, powerful and innovative strategies that seminar participants can use to immediately raise more money and transform their relationships with bidders and donors year-round."
The Higher Bid Fundraising Auction Seminar, sponsored by Greater Giving, Mitch-Stuart Inc, and Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Castaway Portland, 1900 NW 18th Portland, Oregon 97209. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The seminar takes place from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
The cost to attend is $47 per person; space is limited and registration is required. Learn more and sign up at www.AHigherBidSeminar.com
ABOUT KINGSTON AUCTION COMPANY
A national leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for non-profits, charities and schools across the country for over 30 years providing strategic fundraising event planning, consultation, education, and professional fundraising auctioneers. Kathy Kingston is the founder and principal of Kingston Auction Company and creator of the Philanthropy Model of Fundraising Auctions. She has been awarded two of the auction industry's major awards: the 2012 Chuck Cumberlin Memorial Award and the 2006 Rose Award from the National Auctioneers Association. If you would like more information, please visit www.KingstonAuction.com or www.AHigherBidSeminar.com
For more information about this topic, or to arrange an interview please call Kathy Kingston at 603-235-1196, or email.
Contact: Kathy Kingston
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