"I've asked Marc to speak at a variety of conferences for nonprofit professionals and fundraisers (both as a session speaker and a keynote presenter). He is very knowledgeable and energetic, engaging audience members and helping them understand specific things they can do to be successful in their positions. Marc is very positive and exceptionally easy to work with. I highly recommend him for your next event."
Rachel Hutchisson, Director of Marketing Programs and Events
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"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."
Tom Ahern, Donor Communications Expert
Ahern Communications, Ink
"Marc, you just made my day! You were so great [at our international conference] and down to earth and really put me at ease, so it was equally a joy to work with you!"
Nikki Cagle, Program Services Specialist
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
"We doubled our donations (year-over-year) by executing well a new fund-raising strategy based on principles we learned from Marc Pitman."
"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
"I like that Pitman is applying the coaching paradigm to fundraising...I have no doubt that Pitman can coach the most timid and fearful fundraising staff member or nonprofit board member through their first contacts and on to ultimate success."
Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations Expert
"Marc was the perfect speaker at our recent Texas CASA Annual Conference. He fully understood his audience and the challenges local CASA staff and board members experience raising money and telling the CASA story in their communities, and he delivered excellent ideas, strategies and knowledge they could immediately implement without any jargon or confusion. The writing exercise he led helped multiple CASA programs craft or refine their messaging in their hometowns. The tools he provided to help staff and board overcome their fear of asking for money were outstanding. Most of all, his entertaining style held their attention and kept them listening and laughing even after lunch!"
Heather Parsons, CFRE, Development Director
"If you can't afford an expert fundraiser as a part of your staff, Marc's training and coaching is the next best thing! We especially appreciated his willingness to be available at any time of the night or day for consultative phone calls!
"We are grateful Marc helped steer us in the right direction."
B.L. Howard, Jr., President
Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic
"Marc recently spoke at a conference at the Glen Eyrie Center in Colorado for fundraising coaches from around the world and was enthusiastically received. His depth of knowledge about fundraising and coaching plus his humor and out-of-the-box thinking gave new insights and confidence to our group."
Scott Morton, Vice President Development
Colorado Springs, CO
"I have to say, I have attended quite a few marketing/social media seminars over the past three years. Yesterday, your presentation EASILY took the cake for the BEST one I have EVER attended. I studied marketing at Bryant University, and truly do enjoy the field of fundraising… hearing your passion for the field was enlightening and encouraging!!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Manager
"Thank you again for such an absolutely phenomenal day. Easily stated, you squeezed the essential nutrients of marketing, also known as my junior and senior years of college as a marketing major, into an eight hour presentation. Don't tell my parents! West Texas misses you already."
Heidi Burger, Marketing
The Springboard Center
“With his genuine interest in people, and in helping them become more effective promoting their charitable causes, Marc Pitman has been a tremendous support to me and my efforts to support my own cause. He keeps me focused and on task, he re-enforces what he teaches with literature and fundraising websites, and anytime I email him with questions, he promptly replies with creative and insightful suggestions. The most important lesson I have learned from Marc is to put people first, and my non profit work second. By doing this and focusing on the potential donor's needs, I am more likely to find a way for my organization to enrich their lives.”
Beth Striebeck, Trustee
Ballet San Jose
San Jose, CA
"Thank you sooooooooooooo much for your time, patience, and support. The peace of mind and clarity that I feel when I hang up after our calls are worth more than the sum of the practical techniques and suggestions you share."
Miriam Worch, Director of Development
"Marc A. Pitman’s Ask Without Fear training is the most inspiriting ask-training on the market. This workshop opens up the door for tremendous resource gain for those that attend. Marc provides invaluable advice, great stories, tools and overall stellar experience in addition to the fun and energy!"
Becky Taylor, Development Coordinator
Infant Crisis Services
Oklahoma City, OK
"My two staff members and Board member are very new to fundraising and they chatted enthusiastically on the way home about what they had learned.
I've been in fundraising for more years than I like to admit, and I also took away some great points.
You made the day go very quickly."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland
"My development office and I are very pleased with your style, and your short and simple tips for the ask. Keep up the excellent work!"
Rob Brown, Head of School
Wesleyan Christian Academy
High Point, NC
"Thanks, Marc. Your material spurred me to on to:
- Quit procrastinating
- Keep better track of who I contact
- Feel confident with asking, point-blank
- Opened me up to have fun in my fundraising efforts!"
Rodney Lindenmayer, Senior Analyst
American Bankers Association
"Thank you for Fundraising Kick! The one on fundraising cocktail parties was one of the most useful things I've seen as I'm trying to get members of our Trustees to host parties. It's nice to have a clear plan from an outside expert."
Robin Glossner, Development Coordinator
James V. Brown Library
"I'm a 10-year veteran fundraiser. Marc not only provided valuable fundraising information which served as a great refresher for me but also provided some new concepts/ideas that even I hadn’t considered before, all while injecting humor and great common-sense analogies into his presentation."
Sabrina William, Executive Director
Downtown Hays Development Corp
"Working with Marc was a total pleasure. He is upbeat but realistic; sees the big picture but takes care of the details; asks the right questions and really listens to the answers. The three year plan he created for strengthening our governance structure will enable us to go forward with clear direction and confidence that we’ll realize our goals."
Lynn Lockwood, Director
Auburn Public Library
"I wish I'd known someone like Marc Pitman when I was a professional fundraiser. If you're in the non-profit arena, or if raising money is part of what you do, I'd recommend giving him some of your attention. Nice guy, too!"
Amber Naslund, VP Social Strategy
"Thank you Marc, you were right on target! My board was very energized and took lots of notes. This is exactly what we needed to get focused and prepare for the next steps."
Doug Armstrong, CEO
North Star Reach
Ann Arbor, MI
"Marc has provided valuable guidance in our efforts to ramp up a more mature advancement shop. From personnel issues to solicit strategies, he brings a fresh perspective that has enhanced our entire operation. He is a great resource for us."
Bill Pieczynski, Associate Vice President for Advancement
"What I like about Marc Pitman is he's topical, engaging and always leading the pack."
Michael Sola, Sr. Director Information Technology
National Wildlife Federation
"Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon. As I told you, I was dreading being 'forced' to spend time with a 'techie.' I envisioned a dry lecture about the crucial importance of acquiring these skills. I am delighted to be wrong! You made the lesson interesting, informative, and amusing. Thank you for your patience and sense of humor."
Linda Woods, Interim Director
"Marc's training was inspiring and informative. He reinvigorated the active members of the board and even got some of the others thinking about supporting the fundraising effort. Bringing him in was just what we needed as we started this new project with our board."
Aisha P. Saunders, Executive Director of Development
"I had the priviledge of attending a fundraising seminar by Marc Pitman this past Friday. He is knowledgeable and hilarious!!"
Keller Williams Real Estate
La Grange, GA
"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
"Gracias @marcapitman we're in Peru & your twitter tips helped us reach 4th of 247 in @GlobalGiving!"
Blanca Figueroa, President
La Casa de Panchita
"Thanks for the fundraising info you presented at our Board Meeting on Monday night. I have since heard from several board members who found the evening to be both fun and educational. You are really an inspiration!"
Shannon Haines, Executive Director
Waterville Main Street
"Did a quick google to find some last minute fundraising letter tips and ended up buying one of your bundles to share with my staff. Also booked marked your blog -- I love, love common sense fundraising."
Marcie Wagner Wolterstorff
ML Wagner Fundraising Group
"I started following your blog a couple years ago...your practicality, honesty, and creativity keep me coming back."
New Life Church
Ann Arbor, MI
"Thank you much for the great information you publish daily. It has help me enhance my skills and thinking."
Ruth Barbosa, Founder
Yes I Can, Inc.
New Windsor, NY
"This ideas were great! I really appreciate the information that has been sent to me. I´m sure they´re going to be very helpful for our organization."
Flora Griffith, Presidenta
Los Teques, Venezuela
"Thank you for joining us at Rotary...It was such a treat to hear you speak on how fun fundraising can be. Even in your abbreviated version, you are an inspiration!"
Holly Towle, Branch Manager
Kennebec Federal Savings Bank
"After attending just 20 minutes of Marc’s recent time management session at the 2009 NEAHP conference, I have changed my entire calendar system which has made me more focused and relaxed about getting projects done. Now image what I could do if I was able to attend the entire session!"
Heather Johnston, Director, Annual Giving & Special Events
Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation
"I've enjoyed following your blog and tweets over the past few months. You always seem to address my most pressing, daily fundraising issues!"
Katie Powell, Director of Development
Family Service of Chester County
West Chester, PA
"Great presentation! For an aging Baby Boomer you made the opportunities and challenges of the internet sound almost easy. I felt inspired to Twitter for the first time!"
Rebecca Heal, Development Director
Utah Youth Village
Salt Lake City, UT
"This is one of the most straight-forward and manageable approaches to a year-end fundraising campaign. Really great stuff for folks who aren't sure where to start. LOVE!"
"Your blogs are inspirational and motivate me to push forward as a fundraising professional in this crazy economy!"
Jonathan Carrington, General Manager
Dissonance Dance Theatre
"I read Ask Without Fear! over the long weekend and really enjoyed it! I especially like that it was both informative and concise. That tends to be a rarity."
Kristy Cullivan, Director of Alumni Affairs
"I want to thank you for your website, words of wisdom and advice. I'm a really big fan."
Leletha L. Marshall, Int. Executive Director
Doctors Community Hospital Foundation
Before I read Marc's coaching articles about fundraising, we were like many other organizations doing fundraising in style:
We are great, we are best... we can... I... we... I... your money
This was the short version but it really hits me because it is so true, and I thought I was doing really well.
But since reading Marc's articles I have never been able to use this kind of fundraising. I am very grateful for his coaching articles. Now, we have seen an increase in giving and participation from supporters when we give thanks, concentrate on people who are supporting the children.
Mirjam Adolphi, President
Haver, Children's Embassy
"I enjoyed your seminar so much...one day later we have already increase the number of people that will be at our next meeting, as well as more businesses coming on board to add to our fund raising.
We have incredible things going on, and now adding what we have learned from your seminar has just motivated us even more.
Thank you so much for the gift you have given to us."
"I'm personally involved in fundraising activities here in Elkhart County, Indiana and am getting ready to take my activities nationwide over the next few years. Marc's wisdom and advice over the years has been very helpful in my development as a fundraiser. As a matter of fact, I have taken a local fundraiser over the last four years from $9,000 to $14,000 to $20,000 to $26,000 and I anticipate this years event to top $32,000 by 'asking without fear'! I also introduced a brand new fundraising idea to a local chapter of a worldwide organization in March and when the fundraiser was over in May we had raised over $27,000. here in Goshen, IN. We will be taking this event to fifteen of their chapters in 2009 and anticipate raising over a half million dollars.
"I'm not bragging ! I'm telling you facts that as a result of Marc Pitman's advice over the last several years and Ask Without Fear in particular, I have been able to assist not-for-profit organizations raise money"
"'Get REAL' will take on new meaning for board and staff members who read this book. Readable, on point, filled with memorable stories and well-tested practices, this little book is a great addition to the field of pragmatic advice to those looking for more successful engagement in fundraising."
Kay Sprinkel Grace,
author, Beyond Fundraising
San Francisco, CA
"I enjoyed Ask Without Fear! Marc has taken a subject that has been written about often and given it a new twist. Clearly, his effort is a work of passion and love. My hat is off to him."
Jerry Linzy, Senior Managing Partner
Panas, Linzy & Associates
"This short, practical book [Ask Without Fear!] gives you a series of step-by-step methods to raise more money, faster and easier than you ever thought possible."
Brian Tracy, Author
The Psychology Of Selling
"I am a former professional fundraiser...I have to say that Marc A. Pittman is a great person to inspire those who are thinking of asking, but may need that extra push. He has a website and blog with great easy to understand tips that appeal to both the volunteer and to the professional fundaiser. He is funny and has a natural 'horse sense' (people sense?) when it comes to interpersonal skills. Quite frankly: if you want to learn to ask, this is the guy to learn it from!"
"I want you to know that your blog, emails, and Ask Without Fear! radio show have all been very inspirational to me over the past few months. Thank you for taking the time to share your guidance with such authenticity and care."
Margaret Reynolds, Major Gift Officer
Rutgers University Foundation
"I own his book, and have recommended it to many friends and charities with which I am involved. I consider it a 'must read' for anyone with grassroots causes up to high level board members."
Anne Jolly, Director Parish Life Ministries
Christ Church, Greenville, SC
"Marc is a skillful and knowledgable coach, and a true expert on fundraising. He provided very helpful fundraising advice to a nonprofit where I serve on the board. If you need someone to assist with any area of fundraising, Marc is your guy!"
"Marc clearly has a passion for fund raising. As an instructor to non-profit organizations, Marc brings his years of experience, depth of knowledge, fun and passion to his role. He breaks down fund raising barriers for organizations, provides concrete tools and above all encourages clients to have fun."
Rob Hatch, Executive Director
Child Health Center
"In three years, I've seen many programs and speakers at Rotary meetings but never have so many folks spoken so highly of a presentation. You could have gone on for at least another hour without losing your audience."
Augusta Rotary Club
"Marc Pitman is knowledgeable in his field and committed to client success. He is ethical and represents the field of fundraising from a place of high integrity. I would recommend him as a coach, speaker and fundraising leader."
Motivation Coaching, Inc.
"Marc was my Executive Coach while station manager for a non-profit organization. The station was going through transitions and Marc really offered sound advice, provoked me to think, and offered clarity in understanding several issues I was wrestling with bringing to a resolution. Marc's services are highly recommended for any executive who needs a trusted advisor to help them get to the next level in their leadership abilities."
Mark Tordoff, Marketing Manager
"What I appreciate about Marc Pitman is his ability to connect the dots. I've always believed we could learn a lot from our for-profit cousins, that some creative borrowing from the marketplace could serve us well. Marc excels at taking widely acknowledged ideas from the marketplace (Seth Godin"s customer evangelist opus springs to mind), and--with a bit of tweaking--making the concepts applicable to not-for-profit. Not just saying they're applicable, but showing how, turning broad models into concrete, bite-size action steps."
Joel Preston, VP Major Gifts
March of Dimes
"Thanks so much for all you are sharing with me! I am actually enjoying learning about fundraising! I didn't think that was possible."
Cami Foerster, Chairperson of the Board of Directors
The Boston Project Ministries
"I enjoy your advice because it's practical, common-sense with humor! Keep up the good work."
Patricia Cettin, Executive Director
TASK (Taking Action for Special Kids)
"This is great stuff. Your blog is my homepage and I read it several times every day. Please keep up the good work. We need you!"
Jason W. Miller
"Marc is a fireball. So much fire and brilliance in his fingertips. He wants to bring that out in others and he's not going to stop until he sees it."
Lyn Christian, PMP
CFCC Innovation Director
Franklin Covey Coaching
Salt Lake City, UT
"MagnetGoals has helped me get a lot done. It serves as a reminder for me as to which tasks need work. It also provides motivation for me in that I can watch my progress and I know that if I work harder, then my completion percentage will go higher. Thanks for the gift Marc!"
Roel Sanchez, Owner
Diversity Educational Center
"With the Arts Council, I am about to embark on an email fundraising campaign to build the program and a strong sponsorship base. I have found your information extremely valuable and applicable to any business. I look forward to the audio program."
Arts Council Napa Valley
"Thanks for your e-newsletters. You're doing a great job keeping us all on track."
Melissa Burtless, Director of Development
"Hey Marc, your blogs are simply awesome. It gives me the confidence that fundraising is well within our hands!!"
"Marc, really appreciated your presentation Fri. I've been at this for 29 years & can spot someone like you who is both versatile and entrepreneurial!"
Preston Hadley, CFRE, President
DOMINION CAMPAIGN COUNSEL
New Hope, VA
"Your enewsletter and blog are excellent. Actually more than your content, it's your style and approach...Humor, personable, practical, authentic. You model what you preach. Feel like I know you, or will... Finally, most of all - I found the 3 or 4 part audio interview you posted on your website just great - of all the fundraising guides and resources out there, I find myself returning most to that."
Producer/director SOY ANDINA: a quest for roots and dance in Peru
New York, NY
"Marc - I am the president of an Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter in West Texas...I really enjoy your coaching. It is very inspiring."
Wade Kelley, CEO
Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale
"I've been receiving your e-zines for about a year now and they're great."
Shannon Sayer, Leadership Gifts
Harvard Law School Alumni Center
"R.E.A.L. has helped me tremendously! I think the title sounds great and the simple guide provides concrete steps to follow. I have enjoyed and benefited from your support!"
Helping Hands Home Care, Inc.
"Thank you very much for the e-course. It was very practical and filled with tips that I could use even though I am not directly involved in fundraising...
"When I came across your web site and e-zine I signed up since fundraising is a topic I hear about a lot these days and do not know much about. I must say that your e-course has been very useful since it gives tips that can be used on a day-to-day basis in a not-for-profit environment even when fundraising is not always the goal of my e-mail communications...
"Thanks once again for the information. From your web site and from the recorded interview (with Step by Step Fundraising), I got the impression that you very much enjoy the work you are doing."
Annie S. Wesley Ph.D.
The Micronutrient Initiative
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Hi Marc: I really like your "Extreme Fundraising" site and read it every day via Google Reader. Thanks for your help."
Jennifer George, Director of Donor Relations
Los Angeles, CA
"I'm fairly new to the fundraising arena, so this course was very helpful. I plan to take it to the other board members at our next meeting. I've applied the 'KISS' principle many times so related easily to this concept. Thanks for your help."
Humane Society of Williamson County
"Normally I don't write to people I haven't met, but I just found your Fundraising Coach website (through a link from an AFP article) and wanted to say "thanks" for what appears to be great work you are doing in this area."
Donna Wilson, National Director of Training for Staff Fund Development
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
"Marc Pitman is a creative, energetic possibility thinker. He thrives on connecting people through their interests, talents and stewardship. Marc is an encourager to all who know and work with him."
Robert E. Grinnell, VP for Development
"You are easy to work with...organized, and knowledgeable in fundraising."
Win Brown, former VP for Development
Sisters of Charity Health Care System
"THANK YOU! I am absolutely thrilled. Just talking it out made me realize what I really want and nudged me to 'go for it.' If that was coaching, then you are brilliant! Feel free to quote me on your website, as well as include me in your success record."
Evelyn Ramirez-Schultz, Director of Special Events
Para Los Ninos
Los Angeles, CA
"Hi Marc! Your e-class on 'Fundraising 101' was excellent! I do not have experience in the development field and wanted some basic background in fundraising. You made this class fun and interesting. Also, the convenience of a taped class that I could pause and resume made a huge difference in how much information I was able to take down on notes.
"I've already passed along several 'tidbits' of information to my colleagues. I would highly recommend this class to anyone!"
Sharon Schuler, Seminary Relations
St. Paul, MN
"Marc helped us gain confidence...As a pastor I always hated asking people for money or fundraising, but as we were making a shift to becoming missionaries we were faced with needing to ask people for all of our support which was very intimidating to me personally. Marc was great at helping us to see the small steps we could take and how to use creativity to develop lasting partnerships with people whom we could journey together with in seeing God's Kingdom advance through their investment."
Jerry Shannon, Missionary
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
"I have found the E-Course [on email fundraising] very, very helpful. While I know the general 'rules' for enewsletters, it is so helpful to have a guide to review and reinforce good practices!"
Cornelia Carew, Development Director
"Thank you for sharing valuable information. The format is good; the writing is entertaining and easily understood. [It will definitely] improve on our email solicitation."
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
"I got the "Guide." I just went through it quickly, and it lends itself to that, reinforcing what one already knows and giving great new tips, all succinctly. It's fun to read too. You model well what you teach."
Bob Moore, former Executive Director
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
"I just wanted to say 'thanks' for the great help on fundraising you offer! I've passed your website on to many friends in the development arena. As a busy executive director of a small (very small!) nonprofit for at-risk youth, with limited (no) fundraising background, your tips are so helpful. I have implemented many, and they have really helped me improve!"
Faith Bosland, Executive Director
Springfield Christian Youth Ministries
"Thank you so much for your presentation in Taradale, Napier. We came from Gisborne, three hours away and found it just fantastic.
I was really impressed with your generosity of information, the weaving of God's principles within the presentation and the marriage of both kindness to others and humuour within your delivery."
Pauline Seminutin, Tairawhiti Coordinator
DARE New Zealand
"I'm one of your weekly subscribers, and I just wanted to take a quick moment and say 'THANK YOU!' for all the great info, tidbits, videos, etc., that you provide for us each week. There have been lots of times, when your email has helped me re-focus, or given me a new idea… and I really appreciate it.
I also wanted to tell you how much I personally appreciated last week's 'thank you video.' It's nice to know that there are folks out there who understand that even though we (the fundraisers) are not on the 'front lines' in many instances, we are still very much soldiers, 'fighting the good fight.'
Thanks again and keep up the great work!"
JoAnn Angeli, Director of Development & Marketing
Los Angeles Team Mentoring, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
"Working with the Fundraising Coach Marc Pitman, was very beneficial process for me personally. It helped be to more clearly define what steps I needed to “do next” in order to move our ministry/business forward. Marc helped me to think through the process and better articulate the NEEDS as we moved forward. This process was also very helpful in determining what some of the “problems” were or things that were impeding our forward progress. Working with Marc was instrumental in helping us to move to the next level in our organization. Helping me to better clarify the “what’s” and the “how” of the next step was a very significant part of my coaching process with Marc. I would highly recommend working with The Fundraising Coach if your organization needs some help moving to the next level. He is an excellent coach and will pay careful attention to the specific needs and details of your individual company."
Craig V. Riportella - Lead Pastor
Centerpoint Community Church
"Last spring, in an effort to jump start our fundraising efforts, I read Marc’s book Ask Without Fear!. After finishing the book, which was great, I spent some time exploring his web site. While there, I saw that he offered fundraising coaching, and though I wasn’t really sure what a 'fundraising coach' would do, I knew I needed help.
"In my initial phone call with Marc, I found him to immensely practical and encouraging. What stuck out the most to me early on in the process was that he didn't have a "one-size-fits-all-model" that he was going to fit me into, but rather took time to learn who I was, and geared his coaching so that it would suit me.
"Over the next three months Marc provided practical tools, walked us through some of the opportunities we had, and provided encouragement every step of the way.
"My one regret for working with Marc this year is that I didn't connect with him when I first began fundraising for our church plant back 3 years ago...I could have avoided a lot of mistakes."
Bob Wilson, Church Planter