"Your auction fundraiser is a new catalyst for philanthropy."
Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS
Kathy Kingston works magic in auction fundraising, and she's created magic in A Higher Bid because readers will emerge realizing that they are on an entirely new level of proficiency.best selling author of Million Dollar Consulting and The Consulting Bible
Kathy's strategies led us to unprecedented success in our fundraising event. In two short years, we went from $700,000 to $4-Million in the Live Auction & Fund-A-Need Appeal alone! Now, through 'A Higher Bid,' Kathy is sharing her money-making wisdom with a new audience - you, the reader.Executive Director,
Vintners & Growers,
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction
Kathy Kingston has helped hundreds of professional benefit auctioneers increase revenue for their nonprofit and school clients. Now she has written an excellent easy-to-read book, A Higher Bid, full of profitable easy-to-implement ideas designed to help you do the same!Chief Executive Officer,
National Auctioneers Association
Certified Association Executive, ASAE, American Society of Association Executives
If you've ever participated in a badly-organized, underwhelming fundraising event -- and who hasn't? -- read this book. Kathy Kingston's practical wisdom, good humor, and generous spirit shine through on every page. You'll raise more money and, even better, you'll have more fun.Andy Robinson, author, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money
Kathy Kingston works magic in auction fundraising, and she's created magic in this book, because readers will emerge realizing that they are on an entirely new level of proficiency.
This is required reading for anyone who wants to raise funds for a cause they believe in. A Higher Bid connects purpose with people for dramatic results. Kathy is the foremost authority in igniting generosity in others to maximize support for your cause. She shares her expertise in a practical, easy to apply manner that will get you results beyond your wildest dreams.
Kathy Kingston’s time proven skills, techniques and hints helped us raise 40% more money than the previous year. Kathy’s strategic thinking in A Higher Bid will help your non-profit organization reach new heights as well!
A Higher Bid is an eye-opening, heart warming, fun book. Kathy explains sophisticated, advanced strategies with such straightforward simplicity and grace that it took me from knowing nothing about auctions to being able to strategically advise my son's Montessori School to raise more money.
Any fundraiser who doesn't read this book is in the wrong business.
This year alone, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) raised $500K in new money from new donors by implementing Kathy's Fund the Mission strategies at events across the country. Now readers of A Higher Bid have the ability to use these same strategies and tools Kathy taught us to drive revenue. Kathy helped CCFA staff look at auctions with a strategic eye, the days of ineffective, haphazard auctions are over! Sometimes less is more, we are no longer standing in the back of the room with our fingers crossed.
I'm SOLD! Filled with energy, enthusiasm and empowerment, A Higher Bid showcases ultimate strategies for fundraising professionals and volunteers alike!
If you've ever participated in a badly-organized, underwhelming fundraising event -- and who hasn't? -- read this book. Kathy Kingston's practical wisdom, good humor, and generous spirit shine through on every page. You'll raise more money and, even better, you'll have more fun.
Kathy Kingston is at the top of her game and her book A Higher Bid will take you to the next level of fundraising
If your non-profit or philanthropic organization is looking for ways to raise money, a lot of money, more that you've envisioned, you need to read A Higher Bid by Kathy Kingston. Exceptionally successful auctions are more than just asking people to bid. To raise astronomical amounts of money, auctions need to be strategically orchestrated events. A Higher Bid provides the roadmap for your next fundraiser. Get it now.
Going once, going twice, you don't want to miss the opportunity to read Kathy Kingston's inspiring auction story. I'm always amazed at how Kathy creates a bidding frenzy in a crowd of thousands at our Out & Equal Workplace Summit every year. Now you can hear from Kathy how she does it.
Kathy's book is just like one of her exciting gala auctions: Compelling ideas that you feel good about and want to invest in. It is also easy to read with great take aways to start using for your events right now.
High on my list of books to read is 'A Higher Bid.' If you run an organization that does any kind of fundraising, you MUST read this book. It will take your organization to a higher level.
Kathy Kingston has helped hundreds of professional benefit auctioneers increase revenue for their nonprofit and school clients. Now she has written an excellent easy-to-read book, A Higher Bid, full of profitable easy-to-implement ideas designed to help you do the same!
Funny, compassionate, and shrewd, Kingston demystifies the charity auction so many nonprofits slap together with crazed desperation. She knows exactly how to make people give--and, even better, make them want to give.
Kathy Kingston has your key to A Higher Bid in her handy-dandy gem of a guide to success of your next (or first!) auction fundraiser. You will say it is worth many times your investment. Kathy is a master teacher and an inspiration and will turn out to be your best friend in the business of fundraising.
Packed with insight and inspiration, A Higher Bid provides you with the essential strategies, creativity and skills you need to make your fundraising auctions truly transformative: for your staff, volunteers, donors and most importantly the population you care about. Let Kathy Kingston's success, meticulous research and passion for making a difference inspire you to exceed your fundraising goals, create lasting relationships with your donors and transform your approach to fundraising.
Kathy Kingston has moved mountains for so many non-profits with her impressive auction expertise, event savvy and incredible talent as an auctioneer. She takes special event fundraising to a more meaningful and impactful place, all with an emphasis on mission. Enjoy these words of wisdom from one of the best in the field!
Kathy Kingston is one of the most respected benefit auctioneers in the business. She truly has the Midas touch--and the good news is that you can, too. Read this book and soak in 30 years of wisdom and donor development via benefit auctions. There will be no looking back!
If your organization does special event fundraising (or wants to), Kathy Kingston's book is a necessity. Don't waste your time reinventing the wheel; this book shows you the exact steps to create memorable - and profitable - events.
Kathy's work with us turbocharged our annual auction and enabled us to more than double our live auction proceeds. Her focus on carefully orchestrating the event to communicate the life changing difference Nashoba Learning Group makes for individuals with autism and the clear value of supporting NLG is what made this difference. Kathy's book A Higher Bid clearly and engagingly lays out her proven strategies for maximizing the impact of all facets of a charity auction and will empower the reader to create a winning auction.
Are you massively excited about your next auction and fundraising event? Read A Higher Bid and you will be. If you are already excited, read this book to discover tons of amazing ideas to use today and raise more funds than ever.
Benefit auctions present unique opportunities as well as pitfalls, and Kathy's comprehensive book helps first-timers and seasoned fundraisers navigate the planning to ensure a successful fundraising event. My advice: read A Higher Bid and do exactly as she says!
Here is a new resource book for you - A Higher Bid! You will benefit from Kathy's years of experience as an auctioneer and fundraising consultant. She offers specifics to help you plan your benefit auction from start to it financially-successful finish â€“ no detail is left to your imagination. What an unbelievable tool this book is! Kathy is holding your hand throughout. You may have thought you knew about benefit auctions until you read this book.
Kathy Kingston is a fundraising genius! I have implemented her strategies in A Higher Bid many times in my events that yielded profitable results.
Kathy Kingston's A Higher Bid will bring tremendous clarity to all who are charged with the responsibility of raising the bar for their annual fund raising event or onetime gala. Her ability to communicate the challenges with viable solutions will speak to the novice and expert alike. A must read for professional staff as well as volunteers.
I was inspired by reading "A Higher Bid." I had always considered an Auction as a special event fundraiser but never saw the possibilities in maximizing the event for what it could become. Kathy Kingston opens up the notion of the event becoming a centerpiece of donor engagement in the philanthropy cycle of the organization. Also, the auctioneer is not a "hired hand" but the key to the success of the event with its planning, execution and follow-up.
We've benefitted greatly from Kathy Kingston's fundraising strategies. You can too. Read her book A Higher Bid and take your benefit auction fundraiser to the next level. Kathy's has been a wonderful addition to our Holiday Auction over the last four years due to her professionalism and high standards. Kathy's focus on connecting our audience with our organization's mission helped us to almost double our auction revenue over the last 4 years - an auction that had already been successful for 13 years at the time. Our Fund The Need in particular went from less than $15,000 to over $60,000. This led to a direct increase in our ability to impact the community we serve.
Kathy Kingston has nailed it! A Higher Bid drills down and makes it easy to understand exactly what it takes to make a fundraiser work and what doesn't. A must read for professional fundraisers, auctioneers and anyone managing a philanthropic group, organizing a school fundraiser or overseeing a high profile gala.
What a gem of a book. Kathy Kingston so clearly demonstrates what it means to be strategic as well as practical when it comes to bringing donors closer to the mission and having a successful event. This great resource not only teaches nonprofit administrators, development professionals, board members, volunteers and donors alike how to tell stories that inspire others to give; it provides hands-on advice on production of all aspects of powerful, effective fundraising events and auctions. As she has done throughout her career, Kathy Kingston helps us think more clearly about ways to have the greatest impact we can on making a difference in our community.
The art and science of "encouraged" charitable giving comes alive in Kathy Kingston's inimitable style in A Higher Bid.
Kathy Kingston is amazing and so is her book A Higher Bid. You'll benefit from her innovative and profitable strategies just like we did. From the first time she worked with our Alaska Native Art Auction, we took our event to a new level. Kathy wasn't just an auctioneer you talk to a couple of times and then shows up at the event. As a strategist, Kathy was there for us every step of the way, guiding us through the planning process and developing our goals. She taught us techniques to get the audience warmed up, engaged and competing over our auction itemsâ€¦in a fun way of course! We quadrupled our revenue the first year and kept using her strategies to grow it from there.
Fundraising veteran Kathy Kingston has documented her many years of successful fundraising and benefit auction knowledge. For non-profits and schools looking to generate more revenue at their fundraising events, A Higher Bid is a must have book!
Just as Kathy the auctioneer can ignite the passion of an audience, so will she ignite your passion for raising funds and changing the world. If you want to be an effective fundraiser, then read A Higher Bid again and again.
With competition so tight for the fundraising dollar A Higher Bid teaches the event coordinator at any skill level how to rise above the rest, capture more revenue today and into the future.