Meet Marc, Fundraising Expert & Board Coach

Marc A. Pitman, The Fundraising CoachAn international leadership coach and fundraising trainer, Marc A. Pitman helps nonprofit board members and staff get excited about asking for money. He is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and Ask Without Fear! of - recognized by The Atlantic as "1 of 5 Philanthropic blogs fundraisers need to read." He is also the author of Ask Without Fear!®, the executive director of the affordable fundraising training program The Nonprofit Academy, and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank.

Because of his dynamic trainings, Marc speaks to thousands each year at events like the World Fundraising Summit in Mexico, trainings in New Zealand, Association for Fundraising Professionals International Conference, and organizations around the world, even groups like the International Bowling Expo. His experience in nonprofit fundraising and leadership training, as well as his balanced commentary, has caused him to be featured in books and articles around the world and be sought out as a guest on TV, radio, and print as diverse as Al Jazeera, SUCCESS Magazine, and Fox News.

With a passion that's made people call him the "Johnny Appleseed of fundraising," Marc believes fundraising is all about leadership. Fundraising affects everything from mission and vision to board governance to HR to marketing and community relations. So he is committed to making it ridiculously easy for everyone - board members, volunteers, and nonprofit staff - to get fundraising training. Ask Without Fear! has been translated into Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Chinese. And he continues to write books, create fundraising training DVDs, and collaborate on systems like 100 Donors in 90 Days.

Marc's leadership experience also includes planting and pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, teaching internet marketing at both the under graduate and graduate level, and being chosen as one of Maine's first "40 Under Forty," honoring Maine's emerging generation of leaders.

He is the husband of his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you see him drive by, he’ll probably be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family.

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Some of the conferences and organizations Marc's coached and worked with include:

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference
  • the Jewish National Fund of Canada
  • American College of Surgeons' Leadership & Advocacy Summit
  • the Maine Public Broadcasting System
  • The Joint Commission's Center for Transforming Healthcare
  • Georgetown University
  • KLOVE-AIR1 Radio
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • the World Fundraising Forum in Monterrey, Mexico
  • NCDC Leadership Summit
  • National Catholic Development Conference (multiple years)
  • Tov V'Hesed
  • Sharut Ha'Din
  • BlogWorld Expo
  • In Defense of Animals
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • Israel Air Force Center Foundation's Leadership Retreat
  • Special Olympics South Carolina (multiple years)
  • the Tonic Conference in New Zealand
  • the American Subcontractors Association
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • University of Southern Maine Development Symposium
  • Community Health Plan of Seattle
  • Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
  • Nonprofit Management Center for the Permian Basin
  • Utah Society for Fund Raisers
  • PodCamp Boston 5
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals - New Jersey
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals - San Antonio
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Summer Institute - Charleston, SC
  • American Marketing Association's Nonprofit Marketing Conference
  • American Marketing Association - Puget Sound
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Kansas Main Street (Kansas Department of Commerce)
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools
  • Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic
  • Maine's Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism
  • Maine Library Association
  • Waterville Public Library
  • Border's Bookstore - Bangor
  • Autism Society of Maine
  • Central Maine Community College
  • New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (multiple years)
  • Blackbaud's Conference for Nonprofits (multiple years)
  • Blackbaud's Canadian Conference for Nonprofits
  • Advancement Program Council (multiple years)
  • CASE/NAIS Independent Schools Conference