Kent Stroman, CFRE is founder of the Institute for Conversational Fundraising and president of Stroman & Associates, providing consulting services for nonprofit organizations in capital campaigns, board governance, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Kent’s purpose in life is to equip, inspire, and encourage. He accomplishes this through speaking, writing, teaching, and consulting. For decades he has been engaged in business and organizational leadership, helping numerous organizations achieve their goals, fulfill their dreams, and maximize their potential with his passion for excellence.

Kent is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has been personally involved in generating tens of millions of dollars for charitable causes. He has been named Outstanding Fundraising Executive by Eastern Oklahoma’s Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

He is a BoardSource-trained governance consultant and a Sarkeys Foundation-approved retreat facilitator.

Kent is a graduate of the AFP Faculty Training Academy, earning the designation of Master Trainer. He has trained hundreds of professionals in various aspects of fundraising, leadership, and management.

In addition to a vast portfolio of board experience, Kent regularly volunteers on behalf of numerous organizations. Kent was honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters with the cherished Ray G. Steiner “Champions” Award for “exemplifying the character qualities of leadership by example, integrity, generosity, and commitment to excellence; and for outstanding contributions to furthering the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Kent has been married to Marva for thirty-five years. Together they have three children and six grandchildren.

Kent is a frequent speaker and presenter to regional, national, and international audiences.

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Obstacles to Asking - Part 2

Here we go . . . five of the most daunting obstacles to asking for gifts are:

  • Relationship deficit
  • Conflicting priorities
  • Mindset
  • Fear
  • Difficulty “getting in”

And we begin with . . .

Obstacles to Asking - Part 1

So why write about obstacles anyway? I have two primary objectives. First, since we all bump up against barriers from time to time, I want you to rest confidently in the fact that you are not alone. Second, I share these common obstacles for the purpose of revealing how to overcome them. Someone wisely stated, “The difference between those who succeed in life and those who don’t lies not in whether they encounter difficulty. Rather, the difference is how they respond to difficulties.”