What Others Are Saying

Comments about The Nonprofit Academy, founder Kirsten Bullock, and Executive Director Marc A. Pitman

"We doubled our donations (year-over-year) by executing well a new fund-raising strategy based on principles we learned from Marc Pitman."
Paul Castiglione, Cambridge, MA

"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."
Joanne Fritz, About.com

The webinar was fantastic! It helped me to focus on what I need and what I can do to grow my company - and how to make a detailed plan for the year. As a result of this training I expect to grow my business, grow my revenue, increase the clients we serve and work a detailed marketing plan for future growth. Thanks for sharing your expertise with me. I look forward to your next training.
Kathy Bornarth, MA, LPC

"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., Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic

"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!!"
Kristen Soule, Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Manager

"Not only is it a joy to meet with Kirsten for our coaching sessions, but our page views have increased by 800% over last year. We’re filling our events and able to engage with our audience in a whole new way.She provides both the know-how, but also the wisdom and the accompanying skills that help us get it done."
Nancy Going, First Third Ministries

"Thank you so much for your time Kirsten. I have quite a few things to do now… I am very excited to have a clear direction."
Jane Ratliff, Founder, BlueHair Technology Group

"For more than ten years as the director of a faith-based non-profit, my greatest struggle/challenge was in fund-raising. I read books on the subject, attended seminars, listened to so many individuals who made it sound so easy. Many continued to identify us as, 'the best kept secret in Disability Ministry.' And, we danced on the edge of financial disaster. One of my board members came to me rather insistent that I give Kirsten Bullock a call; telling me that we needed some intense consultation on the matter of fund-raising. I was just as insistent that ten years of training, consultation, advice & opinions on the matter had brought only mixed results. A month later, after a board meeting, I was 'instructed' to give Kirsten a call. I did so, reluctantly, meeting with her along with that board member. And, we were soon into the intense training regimen. It's nearly a year later, and to use an old cliché, 'We've nearly turned the corner.' ...We've developed a strategic plan, and we're working the plan. Don't know that, at age 63, I'll receive commendations & accolades for raising millions of dollars. However, from a fiscal standpoint, last year was the best of my fifteen years as an Executive Director."
Roy Kustanbauter, Executive Director, Power Ministries

"I can't thank you enough for what you've done for AIM. I’m so happy with our event last weekend. We genuinely touched people. It felt great. You've been with us all year, every step of the way. We couldn't have accomplished any of our major accomplishments without you. As our brochure quotes a client, 'because of you, AIM has hope.' We were drifting and shrinking before. THANK YOU!"
Paige Gottlieb, Board Chair, Aids Interfaith Ministries

"As an emerging non-profit in youth services, The Steward's Staff has found Kirsten's services in board orientation and fund development essential in our new wave of growth giving it direction through attainable action steps."
John Mark Eberhardt, former Executive Director, The Steward’s Staff

"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, Downtown Hays Development Corp.

"Kirsten was instrumental and elevating the fundraising efforts at the Research Foundation from honing the strategic vision to equipping volunteers to ask for gifts, to setting up a process to help us better understand who our donors are."
>Bonnie Ulmer, Vice President, The Institute of Internal Auditors

"As a new Executive Director, Kirsten’s insights regarding board dynamics and fundraising were invaluable in helping me get off to a good start. She was instrumental in working with me and the chairman of the board to create effective fund-raising strategies. It is telling that in the same year we met with Kirsten, our ministry received significant contributions."
Kristin Johnson, former Executive Director of OneByOne

"Kirsten is an excellent development officer. She understands people and the variety of interests in giving. Kirsten is exceptionally well-organized and bases decisions and strategy on the data, on the facts. Kirsten is at her best with “major donors” and planned giving but she is fully skilled in “retail” strategies such as direct-mail and special events. I recommend Kirsten highly, with no reservations but with considerable confidence in her professional skills, values and virtues."
David Spellman, Executive Director, Covenant House Florida

"I had the priviledge of attending a fundraising seminar by Marc Pitman this past Friday. He is knowledgeable and hilarious!!"
Raquel Neal, Keller Williams Real Estate

"I worked with Kirsten while in the national Planned Giving Department and followed Kirsten as Director of Development for Covenant House Florida. She was excellent at donor relations and an effective development officer. I highly recommend her as a development professional."
Arthur Fullerton, Director of Development, Covenant House Florida

"After attending just 20 minutes of Marc’s recent time management session, I have changed my entire calendar system which has made me more focused and relaxed about getting projects done. Now imagine what I could do if I was able to attend the entire session!"
Heather Johnston, Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation

"We are very impressed with you Kirsten, and consider your organization very good value indeed. We are impressed with the literature and suggestions that you have e-mailed us."
- Beverly J., Missouri

"Thank you for making membership in Help for Small Nonprofits so affordable. The service is heaven-sent and I would urge every small nonprofit to avail of it!"
- Gregory H., Arizona

"Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I’m a one-horse show where I am and getting input from other fundraisers is hugely helpful to me. ‘Virtual’ personal development and inspiration. Thank you."
- Rose C., Christchurch, New Zealand

"Thank you! You are offering a great service and I am grateful for your wisdom, insight and help! You are offering something MANY of us in the development world need."
- Jane Whaley, Ashland, Oregon

"Thank you Kirsten for that most informative jumpstart in my non profit search!!! God bless you!!"
- Sandra H.

"Your  advice was very direct and very helpful to me. I am grateful that I had the chance to speak with you."
- Jon C., Maine

"Thank you so much for your help! You rock."
- Elisa Owen, Kentucky

"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, New Zealand

"Thank you so much for the webinar today.  It was really helpful and got me thinking in ways I hadn't before.  I can't wait to put this information into practice!"
- Colleen M., Wisconsin

"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