Meet Marc, Fundraising Expert & Board and Leadership Development Coach

Marc A. Pitman, leadership expert and fundraising coach

An international leadership development coach and fundraising trainer, Marc A. Pitman, CSP® helps nonprofit board members and staff get excited about asking for money. He is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and twenty years ago started, one of the longest running blogs in the nonprofit sector. The Atlantic said is “1 of 5 Philanthropic blogs fundraisers need to read.”

Marc has presented trainings and keynotes to over 25,000 participants in North America, Europe, Mexico, and New Zealand; coached more than 120 CEOs, C-suite executives, directors, and owners; and in the last two years has certified an additional 29 Quadrant 3 Leadership Coaches, who have gone on to coach and train more than 14,290 leaders in corporations, government, associations, and nonprofits. Marc holds his masters in organizational leadership from Regent University.

 He is a Certified Franklin Covey Coach, a Certified Speaking Professional of the National Speakers Association, and president of the South Carolina chapter of the International Coaching Federation. He has appeared in or been recognized by media outlets and publications including NBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, Success magazine, Real Simple, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Marc is the author of Ask Without Fear!®, which has been translated into Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Mandarin. His latest book is The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be.

With a passion that’s made people call him the “Johnny Appleseed of fundraising,” Marc speaks nationally and internationally on leadership, influence, storytelling, and fundraising. He is executive director of The Nonprofit Academy; an advisory board member of innovative fundraising platform Pennybridge in Orebro, Sweden; and a former advisory panel member of the Rogare Think Tank at Plymouth University, Plymouth, United Kingdom.

He is married to his best friend and is the father of three amazing kids, who, if he’s belting ’80s tunes, will deny they know him.

Fundraising Kick Book Cover
Ask Without Fear 3d book cover
The Surprising Gift of Doubt

Memberships & Affiliations

Partner with Together SC
International Coach Federation
Exactly What to Say Certified Guide
CSP Certified Speaking Professional
espeakers Certified e Virtual Presenter

"If you ever have the opportunity to sit in the audience and learn from Marc, you should do whatever you can to get a seat at that table. I can say, without a doubt, his wisdom and simple to follow strategies have been instrumental in helping my organization honor its mission. Marc's presence as the keynote speaker was the leveraging chip I used to convince my boss that I should attend a conference and it was worth it - times a million. Follow Marc's blog, read his book, hear him speak, collaborate with him on a project, order his new video for your board - whatever you can do to bring more Marc A. Pitman and that iconic red bowtie into your organization. It will be an investment with dividends that will continue to grow throughout a lifetime."

Melissa Ebone

Outreach Coordinator, Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program

Education & Affiliations

  • MA in Organizational Leadership, School of Leadership Studies, Regent University
  • CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, National Speakers Association
  • Certified Franklin Covey Coach, Franklin Covey Coaching
  • Certified Highlands Abilities Battery Provider, The Highlands Company
  • Biblical Studies, Jerusalem University College
  • BA in History and Religion, Gordon College (MA)
  • Diploma, Milton Academy (MA)
  • Advisory Panel Member for Rogare: The Fundraising Think Tank of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University
  • Fundraising Expert for Blackbaud’s K-12 Division
  • Board of Advisors for Pennybridge
  • Global Fundraising Advisor for Twestival
  • Instructor, University of Southern Maine Professional & Continuing Education
  • Adjunct Instructor for “MK337: Marketing on the Internet” at Thomas College
  • General Assembly Member of the Kennebec Regional Development Authority
  • Member, International Coach Federation
  • Member, International Enneagram Association
  • Founding Member, International Association of Coaches
  • Former Secretary of the Board, United Way of Mid-Maine
  • Former VP for Networking & Outreach, New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy
  • Former Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Advancement Program Council
  • Former Trustee for the Lewiston Public Library
  • Former Chair, Club Administration, Waterville Rotary Club
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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
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
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