Fundraising Kick: Fundraising is NOT from a diminishing pie

Overcoming scarcity in nonprofit fundraising - it's not from a diminishing pie

Each week, I send out a coaching email to nonprofit CEOs, Executive Directors, and leaders. These Fundraising Kicks are quick emails designed to help them get out from behind their desk and in front of donors. Often they have scripts or task lists. Sometimes they contain attitude adjustment reminders. Here’s one I wrote for today. […]

71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising – for free!

Hospital Fundraising Summit https://ov213.isrefer.com/go/hfs15reg/marcapitman/

If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It’s coming April 6 – 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I’ve just heard that the schedule for The […]

[Question Marc] Help! My board wants to do another event!

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Dear Marc, Help!! My board wants to do ANOTHER fundraising event! We’re already doing 10 events a year. How can I tell them we don’t have the resources to do another one? Stressed in San Diego My Answer Dear Stressed, Oh no! I definitely feel your pain! I think your board is living out the […]

The biggest mental block to fundraising success – board members and nonprofit leaders

Edge Drop Off - Think Right for Fundraising Success

A couple weeks ago, I asked subscribers to the Ask Without Fear! email newsletter, “What is stopping you?” I’ve received over 100 responses from nonprofit leaders, fundraising staff, and board members! I’m still sorting through all of them, but a very common one is a variation of, “They’ll resent it if I ask them for […]

50 Shades of Green – Standing up to violence against women

#50ShadesofGreen - Standing up to domestic violence #HeForShe

Invest #50ShadesofGreen to help end abuse Let’s turn the multi-million corporate ad budget for 50 Shades of Grey on its head. My wife and I saw our friend JoAnne Hankey suggest people not see the movie but give the money they would’ve spent to a women’s shelter. Awesome idea, isn’t it? Let’s make it ridiculously […]

[Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

Joe Garecht writes on creating a successful nonprofit fundraising plan

I’ve been enjoying Joe Garecht’s work at The Fundraising Authority for years. And I’m thrilled that he’ll be teaching in The Nonprofit Academy in January. He’ll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan, so I’ve invited him to share a few tips here as well. You can connect with Joe on […]

Training Your Board to Raise Money – a book for your new year

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I love finding practical tools that can help nonprofits thrive. The new book Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money is just that. Crisis with nonprofit boards Gone are the days when boards could be rubber-stamping social clubs. More than ever, nonprofits needs boards that will advocate for their cause. Interestingly, board members […]