It's been three years since Ask Without Fear! came out!
What a wild ride it's been!
I wrote Ask Without Fear! because there were so many wonderful causes here in Maine with amazingly passionate volunteers, but they were chronically underfunded. A few could afford to hire me to come in and work with them. But I'm committed to making it ridiculously easy to get fundraising training.
So I wrote this book and kept the price below $15 so that volunteers or staff could get both solid fundraising advice and a healthy dose of encouragement to get out and ask for money!
It certainly has done that! In just three years, it's been read by thousands of people from around the world. I think I've gotten emails and thank you's from every continent except Antarctica saying the book has helped them raise more money for their charity. I've even be privileged to teach boards and staffs to "Ask Without Fear!" in many different countries including New Zealand and Bermuda.
The book became an ebook (one of the first Kindle books) and also inspired a radio show and a popular DVD training. And of course, there's an Ask Without Fear! Facebook page! (Be sure to "like" it over on the page or in the box on the lefthand side of this post.)
Ask Without Fear! has increased in value
Others are celebrating
As Ask Without Fear! turned three, I've been humbled by the nice things others have been saying about it:
- Kivi Leroux Miller posted a great review on her Nonprofit Communications Blog. She says it's perfect for both "professional and accidental fundraisers like board members"! You can read her recent review at Ask Without Fear by Plugging Into the Right Socket
- Robert Carr of a Every Day Giving blog named it one of the top 7 books every nonprofit should have when it first came out. He shares some of his favorite parts in his post: Happy Birthday to Ask Without Fear!.
But it's all about you
The real success of the book is the measurable impact it makes on your own fundraising. People from large multi-national nonprofits to nonprofits so small they don't even have a staff yet are learning to "Ask Without Fear!" The comments on the page at Amazon and on the testimonials page here show some of the impact the book is having.