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Learn From My Experiences: A Collection of Essays on Fundraising for Professionals, Lay Leaders, Volunteers and the Public by Norman B. Gildin is a three-year work intended to help not only development professionals, but also lay leaders, volunteers, and anyone who is involved in fundraising. This is not an exhaustive description of every kind of fundraising. Rather, it addresses the major categories of giving, namely, annual campaigns, capital campaigns, planned giving, and endowment fund giving. Moreover, this book is a hands-on experience that also details how to think quickly on your feet as fundraising campaigns do not always go according to plan. Part of it describes ingenious solutions to some of the author’s projects that went wrong. He presents his campaigns that operate under the dictum that proper prior planning prevents poor performance.

True to his hypothesis, Norman B. Gildin gives invaluable insight into the world of fundraising and where it fits in a world that has been drastically changed by the pandemic. This is why Learn From My Experiences is an indispensable resource for anyone engaged in or is considering venturing into fundraising. Gildin’s hands-on experience as a fundraiser is armed with principles of strategic planning that give you feasible ideas for creating a sustainable, scalable fundraising campaign to help you grow and stay relevant in today’s ever-changing world, where many have suffered from diminished fundraising. The best part of this book is that it gives you realistic expectations by making you understand the state of the economy and what key components are needed by nonprofits to make it through. I highly recommend this book for its relevance and transparency.