The 5 Best Leadership Books for Nonprofit Leaders

The 5 Best Leadership Books for Nonprofit Leaders

An executive coaching client recently asked me about my favorite 2 or 3 leadership books. Here are the first five that came to mind. Not surprisingly, each one is within easy reach of my desk. And I find myself thinking about their concepts or quoting them practically every week. Influence, Robert Cialdini In most of [...]

Does Amazon's new "Smile" mean a windfall for your nonprofit's year-end fundraising?

Amazon Smile: A boon to your nonprofit?

I'm not a fan of "fundraising sales" like cookie dough, pizza kits, wrapping paper, raffle tickets, or popcorn. I think they do have a place in the realm of fundraising. But while I love asking for money, I don't like doing this type of sale. So it's probably no surprise that I've never been a [...]

Ambiguity is killing your fundraising

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A few weeks back, I shared with my Fundraising Kick members a conversation I had with a friend asking me for a donation. In short, he asked me to consider "supporting" his nonprofit. I'm thrilled he asked. That is a huge start. But I couldn't resist the opportunity to coach him into asking more effectively. [...]

WGN's Bill Leff Show: Keeping donors safe, and a little Stanley Cup smack talk

Audio of Bill Leff's interview of Marc Pitman on WGN Radio

Last Friday, I got to be interviewed by WGN Radio's Bill Leff We talked about the Tampa Bay report on the 50 Worst Charities and how donors can protect themselves. We also engaged in a little friendly Stanley Cup smack talk. :) You can hear the 10 minute interview on the WGN Radio site or [...]

Flipboard features the new magazine "The Fundraising Life"

Flipboard features new magazine "The Fundraising Life" by Marc A. Pitman

I love using Flipboard. It's a handy app got me back into regular blog reading. This spring, they created a way for users to build their own magazines. It is a simple way for users to curate content. Content curation is a huge life skill, at least for online work. So last month when my [...]

Charitable Giving Recovering Faster Than Anticipated - Giving USA

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In the latest edition of npVoices, host Steve MacLaughlin interviews Gregg Carlson of the Giving USA Foundation about the 2013 Giving USA report. Giving USA 2013 The latest Giving USA report is fairly encouraging. In 2012, $316 billion was given to charity. This means charitable giving showed a 3.5% increase over 2011. Here's why Carlson [...]

Developing Your Personal Giving Strategy: A Donor's Guide to Safe Giving

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The tough economy in the wake of the "Great Recession" has made giving tough for many. Add to this the seemingly constant news reports of scam charities ripping off donors, and the joy of giving is practically stolen. I'm creating a guide currently called "Developing Your Personal Giving Strategy" to help you and your donors [...]