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Testimonials

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"Reinforces many of the attributes of fundraising. Investment of the time and funds to attend the Asking Academy are well worth while because the return on investment is huge."

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Bob Myers
Performance Coach - West
Scouting U

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"It feels so right. It is simply speaking to how I am made. It is building an excitement in me!! To DO it!!"

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Jay St. Clair
Board Member
Circles Joplin

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"Kent is genuine, optimistic and sincere, same approach that needs to be taken with donors. Methodology to it {fundraising} and there are tips that we can learn along the way to help us be successful."

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Marquetta Finley
Director of Development
Youth at Heart

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"Breath of fresh air coming into the academy, really feel rejuvenated. This has opened my eyes to a new approach and really finding out the needs and desires of our donors."

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Penny Immel
Director of Development
Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado

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"I am being challenged to make significant changes, take specific actions and feel that I’m being equipped to do so successfully."

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Anonymous

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"If you have an opportunity to be a part of the Asking Academy definitely take the opportunity, it is worth every penny. Tools you get from this process is one you can walk away and can go and instantly implement."

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Gina Elias
Executive Director
Circles - Bartlesville

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"I’m clicking my heels with joy!"

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Garen McMillian
Board Member
Circles Joplin

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"You are awesome at creating a dynamic learning environment that engages, inspires and equips people to achieve fundraising success! I appreciate your investment in me and Heroes on the Water to develop and carry out a thoughtful major gifts strategy that will reap benefits for our nation’s warriors, their families and communities for years to come. Next step is my meeting tomorrow with Jim Dolan, Executive Director and Founder. He is eager to learn and begin utilizing the ASKing about Asking model. Thank you both for everything...it was a fantastic few days together that has set the foundation for a successful future!"

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Hilanne Myers
Director of Marketing
Heroes on the Water

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"Received my first really large donation. ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Thank you Kent for your excellent training. Hard for me to change the way I fund raised; but, what results when you do it the KENT WAY."

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Judi Myers
CEO
Gatesway Foundation

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"The experience is that it is transformational on both personal and professional and avocational level."

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Pat Moore
Board Volunteer
Circles - Bartlesville

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"My anxiety is decreasing through role-playing and practice."

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Hanna Shearer
Pastor
1st Presbyterian Church

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"With the tools provided in the Asking Academy you walk away and instantly start to implement. In just 79 days we raised $84,724. Attending the Asking Academy is worth every penny!"

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Gina Elias
Executive Director
Circles - Bartlesville

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"Kent, thank you so much for the time and effort you've contributed to this year's Endowment Challenge Grant program. It was certainly evident in the training today that you've made a positive impact on the organizations that are participating. Thank you for your willingness to share your expertise so that others can succeed!"

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Julia Crouch
Executive Director
Bartlesville Community Foundation

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"The learner in me strove to internalize Kent's lessons. It wasn't long before I put conversational fundraising into practice. Today, each and every donor visit is focused and productive. I know what to ask and how to listen. I am seeing the fruits of my labors as donors become more engaged and I move them strategically through the donor cycle."

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Pamela H. Witter
Director of Development
Houghton College

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"I believe this [The Asking Academy] has been chock-full of ideas: specific strategies to be successful in our fundraising efforts! Thanks!"

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Jim Beverley
Board Member
John 3:16 Mission

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"Outstanding! We as an organization cannot afford not to attend the Asking Academy."

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Calvin Moore
President/CEO
Meals on Wheels

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"'Asking About Asking' has become an important part of my professional tool box. Brandishing the book, one of my clients commented after attending your workshop on 'Asking about Asking' that she felt as though now she had the method that would lead her organization to success in its capital campaign. Its easy to understand style and common sense approach have made a big difference in helping staff and board members face their fears about asking for donations and has given them the confidence needed to reach their goals."

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Lori Timmons

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"Lots of helpful information delivered in a great format."

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Steve August
Board Member
John 3:16 Mission

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"Anyone who is involved in fundraising for a non-profit would extremely benefit from attending the two day academy."

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Hilanne Myers
Director of Marketing
Heroes on the Water

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"Puts practices that we believe in into sesable chunks that people can absorb and practices each of the step with partnering and role playing so th at you get a real feel for how to overcome some of the issues that people have asking for gifts for non-profits. Benefit any organization of any size that has to do fundraising."

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Sue Stohlmann
Principal
excellerate! LLC

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"Should attend early on in the campaign. [I’m} leaving here with a real understanding of what conversational fundraising is all about and what it can be. {I} very much have enjoyed being here and think it is well worth the value."

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Bill Stohlmann
Consultant
excellerate! LLC

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"'Asking about Asking' is the one book that I will use to train my board of directors in the art of fundraising. Stroman's '10 Step Staircase' for solicitation provides volunteers and professionals a simple and easy-to-learn structure for getting to the ask. Readers will find confidence and feel empowered for ASKING donors for larger gifts."

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Paul Kent
CEO
Habitat for Humanity, Tulsa

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"Every ministry leader and fundraiser needs to attend The Asking Academy."

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Bob Tiede
Cru

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"The Asking Academy was the best fundraising training that I received in 13 years in the business. Thanks you Kent and Kathy!!!!"

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Caroline Gist

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"Kent's book is clear, concise and compelling. The advice helped me recently secure a $70,000 gift from a generous couple because at every step along the cultivation process I asked about and listened to their desires. I made the relationship the top priority, and it resulted in a win-win for the donors and our organization."

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Karen Senger
Individual Gifts Manager
Food Bank of Northern Nevada

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"I am finding The Summit very informative and comforting in that what we are learning takes much of the fear of the unknown off the table."

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Tina Rollins
CEO
Christ for Humanity

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"Kent - THANK YOU for adding Bob and Hilanne to your week. Hilanne is an awesome lady and an amazing addition to our team. She was really ready to step up our efforts supporting the warriors. Through your help and guidance we expect to take our organization to the next level and beyond. Your help will save families and save lives. No higher calling."

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Jim Dolan
Executive Director and Founder
Heroes on the Water

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"I really enjoyed it and truly beneficial. You gotta learn about those really impressive the 10 steps. Kent Stroman did an excellent job. If you are a non-profit out there that is struggling, this is something you need to do."

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LeRoy Shepherd
Board Volunteer
Circles - Bartlesville

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"I have given several of your books away. I am using this for Leadership Tulsa and Broken Arrow Interns. I think that is much better than a PLAQUE! Your book will be a help to them as they sit on another board!!!"

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Judi Myers
CEO
Gatesway Foundation

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"Our team is ready to practice asking and then to proceed to ask as a direct result of what we learned at The Asking Academy."

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Ed Tolbert
campaign chair
1st Presbyterian Church

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"Money back guarantee. A great investment of time. If you want to be more successful, want to stretch your dreams, want to see yourself achieve and leave behind a legacy, attend an Asking Academy."

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Joycelyn McCarver
Executive Director
Youth at Heart

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"Great info! Lots of good things to put into practice!"

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Jim Beverley
Board Member
John 3:16 Mission

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"We were working with an organization in a stalled campaign. As a result of our team attending the Asking Academy, we quickly revived the campaign with $250,000 in gifts."

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Bill Stohlmann
Consultant
excellerate! LLC

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"…Long story short- $170,000 in new gifts from new donors. One gift was a six figure gift. In one week we raised 12% of our annual revenue budget!"

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Calvin Moore
President/CEO
Meals on Wheels

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"I read the book twice, but the full impact didn’t happen until The Asking Academy. It clarifies and brings it all together."

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Mike Matson
campaign volunteer
1st Presbyterian Church

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"Came away with concepts that can help us with our fundraising efforts. Organized. Feel more confident now than I did prior to attending the meeting. Take the {fundraising} effort to a whole ‘nother level."

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Ted Mossman
Board Chair - Elect
Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado

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"I have the tools I need to embark on this process; aware that I will grow and improve in time, with the encouragement and feedback from our team and The Asking Academy staff and alumnae."

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Anonymous

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"I went [to our meeting] with the thought of really enhancing our relationship and not asking. He committed $100K for starters and asked to meet again soon. More important than that… I have a great new friend for life."

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Steve Whitaker
President
John 3:16 Mission

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"All the training I've attended over the years don’t have the passion and positive teaching style giving you the confidence I’ve received at this Academy. Thanks!"

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Kimberly Cowherd
Cherokee Area Council, BSA

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"It has been a revelation, I think it’s certainly helped us become confident and comfortable with helping people direct and think through their philanthropical pursuits. "

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Bill Covell
Board Volunteer
Circles - Bartlesville

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"Opened up a whole new world for our campaign team."

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Ed Tolbert
campaign chair
1st Presbyterian Church

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"Transformational experience for me and my team, ready to apply in a real world application. Really placing the donor as the focus point."

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Bob Sullivan
Board Treasurer
Youth at Heart

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