501 Mission Place Launches

I opened my email this morning to see this update in a Human Business Works note from Chris Brogan:

501 Mission Place Launches

Hi Marc —

I am so excited to report that 501 Mission Place, our HBW community to help nonprofits and charities grow, is launched! If you run a nonprofit or charity project or know someone who does, this community and learning experience was built for them. Our goal is to help people grow their capabilities in this tough economic time, when giving is drying up exactly at the same moment that people need it.

501 Mission Place started as a conversation between Rob Hatch and me. Over the summer, we went on vacation together, brought Jon Swanson and Marc Pitman along, and by the end of it, we had a lot of ideas how we could help charities do more with less. We then needed a leader to facilitate the experience. Estrella Rosenberg who runs many nonprofits including Big Love Little Hearts for congenital heart defects, was the obvious person for the role. And we added also John Haydon, a smart guy with a lot of feet-on-the-ground experience of his own.

The result is 501 Mission Place, an educational community dedicated to equipping nonprofits and charities for success.

Because this benefits the nonprofit sector, we’ve done everything we can to keep costs down. The monthly subscription rate is just a low $27 USD, about the price of a hardcover book. Annually, that’s a little bit less than the ticket cost of a conference (and you don’t have to pay airfare or hotel fees).

Our hope is that you’ll pass this on to any nonprofit or charity people you know, as they might not already be subscribed to the HBW mailing list, and if you would, we’d be grateful. We think that 501 Mission Place will be very useful to people.

As always, thank you for all that you do. I’ll have more personal development and business growth thoughts shortly.


I am so excited! I’ve been working with the team on this for months. Together, we’re going to help nonprofit people do amazing things!

I’ll blog more about this later (probably at FundraisingCoach.com. I’m about to get on a coaching call with a very cool client. But I’m so excited I wanted to let the world know!

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. jay

    How do you support this organization when the founder does not even know what constitutes a donation, something fundamental to our industry.His recent blog post is outrageous for anyone who actually understands managing a not for profit.

  2. Marc A. Pitman

    Jay: You surprise me. If we expected all of our donors in business to totally understand our industry BEFORE helping us, we’d be sunk.

    You and I have known each other over the years. I’m not sure what happened. Not so long ago, YOU were the one stirring things up and making the nonprofit establishment upset. Now it seems you’re the one getting upset.

  3. jay

    If I recall I was stirring things up about raising more money and focusing resources on where nonprofits could get the greatest return. In addition I was on the ground raising money and a passionate student of the nonprofit business. I was not hawking a product for profit. Our industry is being bombarded by “experts” that don’t know or understand the first thing about running, growing or sustaining an NGO. The lead sales guy for your initiative has proven that multiple times to me with several blog posts. But hey enlighten me, what will my organization benefit from this network? And please be as specific as possible. Could you explain when you guys will figure out the 10% going to charity? At the moment it reads how important this aspect is but to date you guys just aren’t sure how it will work.

    Mark I do not apologize for looking to protect an industry that I care deeply about. We may have to agree to disagree. Happy Holidays

  4. Marc A. Pitman

    Jay: I find your tone still surprising. I too deeply care about our industry. Agreeing to disagree is fine. But let’s try to do it without being disagreeable.

    I think the benefits are well articulated here:

  5. jay

    Sorry Marc not trying to create a tone, I do apologize for that. I find the benefits page incredibly vague and lacking real substance, others may find it awesome. I wish you the best with your new venture and hope it is profitable for you personally and professionally. This morning I contributed to Toys for Tots instead of joining this network, something I did as a result of these conversations. While I will not reap the benefits of connecting with the best and brightest nonprofit leaders a couple of kids who wouldn’t have had a toy christmas morning now will. Happy Holidays.

  6. Lorena Dunn

    Jay: I find your tone still surprising. I too deeply care about our industry. Agreeing to disagree is fine. But let’s try to do it without being disagreeable. I think the benefits are well articulated here: http://501missionplace.com/join-us/

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