Philanthropy keynotes & board member fundraising trainings

Marc Pitman giving a keynote on personality styles in Kansas City"Utah Nonprofits Association asked Marc to keynote our annual conference because we needed a powerful and fun fundraising subject matter expert. His reputation and willingness to reach out to influencers before the conference helped us have the largest conference in our 25 year history. Marc's opening presentation set the perfect tone for a high energy day. Everyone appreciated how he stayed throughout the conference to answer questions and engage with attendees. We'd definitely recommend considering Marc for your conference too. He's professional, authentic, and easy to work with."

PearlWright100wPearl Wright, Past Interim Executive Director
Utah Nonprofits Association
Salt Lake City, UT

"Marc is just plain inspiring. He makes everything about asking so easy and filled with joy. You can see the audience sit up straighter and grow in confidence as he speaks."

TomAhern75wTom Ahern, Donor Communications Expert
Ahern Communications, Ink
Providence, RI

Marc believes no one should have to endure a boring seminar or keynote. If you're interested in booking a boring, low-energy speaker, he's not a good fit for your event.

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But if you want a high energy presenter who can connect with your audience and give them inspiration and extremely practical tools to use, he is a great fit!

As you can see from this website, Marc loves asking people for money. He's even been called "the Johnny Appleseed of fundraising" since the only thing he loves more than asking for money is teaching people to ask for money! That's why he writes books and speaks at conferences--this allows him to "infect" others with the love of asking!

"I'm so glad Marc spoke at our retreat last week. He was a hit! I am really grateful that he made me look so good."
An institutional staff retreat organizer

Newcomers and "accidental fundraisers"--including board members and volunteers--tell him he helps them realize they really can raise money for their favorite cause. Veteran fundraisers tell him he helps re-energize them, reminding them how great our profession is! Meeting planners say bringing Marc in helps them increase both attendance at the event and satisfaction of the people in the room.

"Marc was great to work with. He happily had conversations before the event in order to design the presentation just for our group – a bunch of nonprofit folks with little marketing or fundraising experience. Surveys showed – and buzz proved – that Marc's presentation was a hit. Entertaining and insightful, he instilled confidence in his audience. Overall, I'd highly recommend Marc as a keynote speaker and look forward to another opportunity to enjoy coffee with him!"
CloverFrederick75wClover Frederick, Cause Camp Co-Chair
Nonprofit Marketing Network
Lincoln, Nebraska

Are you hosting a nonprofit conference and need an engaging keynote? Or are you holding a staff retreat and need a content rich fundraising training? Send Marc an email at

To see what conference organizers and attendees have to say about Marc's speaking, and the increased conference attendance and on-the-job efficiency, check out the case studies.

Some Topics

Some of Marc's more popular topics are:

Check out these an other topics I commonly speak on at my fundraising training page.

If you'd like to discuss bringing Marc to your group or conference, you can email him directly at or call him at (800) 694-7430. He always tailors his talks to meet the needs of your audience with a focus on giving down-to-earth, practical advice that they can put into practice immediately.

A brief bio, including Marc's education and affiliations, is on the Meet Marc page.

"Marc is a gifted presenter. He has a knack of speaking to a group but making each person in the group feel as if he were talking directly to them. He thinks on his feet and incorporates what he's learned about people in the group into his presentation in a constructive way. Thoroughly enjoyed his presentation."
Christina Turner, Taranaki Regional Coordinator
Computers in Homes
Hawera, New Zealand

Marc in the Media

Marc A. Pitman is a member of the National Speakers Association, the Global Speakers Federation, and has been featured in multiple media outlets around the worldThe following are recordings of Marc's appearances on network TV. If they don't load, they're also available at:

Here Fox 25 Boston interviewed him on how to fundraise for nonprofits:

Here Good Day New York asked him about how to deal with career stress in light of Steven Slater's jumping out of a Jet Blue jet:

Some Places Marc's Spoken

Some of the conferences and organizations he's spoken to include:

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference
  • American College of Surgeons' Leadership & Advocacy Summit
  • the Jewish National Fund of Canada
  • Georgetown University
  • KLOVE-AIR1 Radio
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • the World Fundraising Forum in Monterrey, Mexico
  • NCDC Leadership Summit
  • Tov V'Hesed
  • Sharut Ha'Din
  • BlogWorld Expo
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • Israel Air Force Center Foundation's Leadership Retreat
  • Special Olympics South Carolina (multiple years)
  • National Catholic Development Conference (multiple years)
  • the Tonic Conference in New Zealand
  • Oklahoma Center for Nonprofit's "National Speaker Series"
  • the American Subcontractors Association
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • University of Southern Maine Development Symposium
  • Community Health Plan of Seattle
  • Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
  • Utah Society for Fund Raisers
  • FundRaising Success Virtual Conference (multiple years)
  • 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 (multiple years)
  • American Marketing Association - Puget Sound
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Kansas Main Street (Kansas Department of Commerce)
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools
  • 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

Here are some comments from people who've attended my seminars:

What would you add?