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About Marc A. Pitman
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 is committed to making it ridiculously easy for 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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Finding the right tools and strategies for your nonprofit is the ultimate goal of The Essential Fundraising Handbook. Most fundraising books focus on nonprofits with large budgets, leaving smaller nonprofits to figure out what is relevant for their goals. That is the inspiration behind The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits.
Currently, there are no fundraising books that comprehensively deal with the specific challenges of running a nonprofit on a small budget. Small nonprofits have a unique set of challenges and require a special kind of creativity when fundraising. The Essential Fundraising Handbook focuses on these challenges in a powerful way. Written by a panel of consultants and experts with over 112 combined years of experience, this book walks nonprofit leaders and staff through the techniques and strategies that have guided some of the most successful nonprofits (large and small). Using these successful principles, readers will get detailed case studies, worksheets, and strategies for almost every type of fundraising activity including:
* Grant writing
* Board development
* Donor engagement
* Major gifts
* And much more!
No matter your fundraising goal, The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits offers advice and insight that anyone involved with fundraising can use in one volume.
It’s time for your fundraising goals to reach your dreams.
Are your board members beating down your door with new donors that are ready to make a gift? If that's not your reality yet, international fundraising trainer Marc A. Pitman's "Ask Without Fear!" is for you!
In this fun, easy-to-read book, he:
- Explains in a step-by-step, easy to remember process how to build authentic relationships with your donors -- and help them connect with your cause in the way that matters most to them!
- Identifies time-tested research tools to help you plan your fundraising campaign!
- Exposes the 7 most common fundraising mistakes -- and how to avoid them!
- Shows how to become skilled at identifying a person's personality traits and tailoring your message to fit their personality -- even on the fly!
But God's call is complete. He understands the cost. Bills still need to get paid.
If this sounds familiar, Ask Without Fear® for Christian Ministry is for you! In these pages, fundraising expert Marc A. Pitman shows you how to fund your ministry. He also shares stories of fundraising straight from the Bible. And, as hard as it may be to believe right now, he even shows you how fundraising can be an enjoyable part of your calling!
- a 4-step process for asking for money
- how to overcome objections...even before them come up
- actual phrases to use in making the ask
- and even the seven biggest mistakes people make in fundraising. A
sk Without Fear for Librarians will help you and your board get your library the funding it deserves! Asking for money for your library is tough, but Ask Without Fear takes the mystery out of the process.
"Using Marc's framework, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal in the worst recession since the Great Depression."
Sarah Sugden, MLIS
Waterville Public Library
Fundraising coach Marc A. Pitman thinks we live in the most exciting time for nonprofits! In Nonprofit Social Media: The Fundraising Coach's guide to nurturing relationships from your desk, he sets out to prove it.
Rather than diving into Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Nonprofit Social Media starts with your nonprofit. Pitman walks you through the how and why of social media. He gives you tips and an outline for starting a social media strategy and shows how to get your website up and running on a shoe-string budget. Then he shows you how email, blogging, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, and other social media tools fit into your strategy. He even shows you how to learn all these new tools and still stay sane.
Social media can help you create stronger relationships with donors than you ever thought possible. And it can help them introduce their friends to your nonprofit. Nonprofit Social Media shows you how!
Do your donors bring you more qualified donor prospects?
Are they raving fans of your nonprofit?
Before there was Facebook or Twitter, there was “Creating Donor Evangelists”!
Learn how…by turning your fundraising effort on its head!
Fundraising isn’t getting easier. Donors are feeling caught between the combination of a recession and the rising cost of energy. And, donors are more distracted than ever with things like the ever increasing choices of TV channels, Tivo, social media, Twitter, Facebook…the list could go on. Traditional fundraising tools like direct mail are losing their effectiveness.
If we want our nonprofits to survive—and even thrive—we need to help our donors become “evangelists” for our programs. It’s always been more cost effective to retain donors than it is to attract new donors to our cause. Plus, these retained donors are more likely to talk about us to their friends.
That’s what Creating Donor Evangelists is all about! Though written in 2004, this program is more important then ever.
Based on the popular Creating Donor Evangelists fundraising seminar and the experiences of nonprofits around the world, this program will teach you simple to implement systems that will take your nonprofit’s fundraising campaigns to new heights!
In this teaching, I’ll help you:
learn how to save money on market research and get even better results
learn how two easy questions can super-charge any interaction with donors and prospects
learn four specific things you can do today to increase buzz about your charity
discover seven simple things you can do to create community with donors to your cause
Filled with step-by-step lists and detailed guides, Creating Donor Evangelists is a veritable recipe book of ideas and easy to implement systems guaranteed to increase two-way communication with your donors and truly transform your fundraising results!
Haven't used Google+ before (or even Facebook)? No sweat: Pitman gently acclimates you, writing from the viewpoint of a non-profit pro who knows you already have a full-time job! You'll find expert tips for everything from uploading images to getting board buy-in. Next, you'll walk through using Google+ to improve your entire donor relations cycle: research, engage, ask, and love. Pitman helps you discover what people are already saying about your cause–and then respectfully engage, involve, and thank them. To make it all 100% real, "Putting It Into Practice" sections interview leading non-profit Google+ practitioners–including a Monterey Bay Aquarium innovator who's achieved truly amazing results. Whether you're a fundraising specialist, non-profit marketer, manager, or executive director, this book empowers you with today's #1 new secret of fundraising success: Google+.
* A story telling formula that's been around for over 2000 years
* 5 categories of stories to use to reinforce your organizational culture
* Why stories of times you’ve failed are as important as stories of times you’ve succeeded
* A 3-step tool to help you tell stories in ways that board members, volunteers, and staff will find themselves repeating them – singing from the same sheet
* How at transform tired elevator pitches into natural, lively, purpose-filled conversations