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Michael Stein is a 30-year veteran of nonprofit direct response marketing and fundraising. He works as a freelance consultant and coach to nonprofits, foundations and other civic organizations with a focus on digital engagement, online fundraising, social media presence, and email and website usability.


He is formerly a Senior Account Executive at the Mal Warwick Donordigital direct response fundraising agency. At MWD he managed national, regional and local campaigns to help nonprofits raise money online and engage supporters, including for Consumer Reports, Habitat for Humanity International, The SETI Institute, Ploughshares Fund, Catholic Relief Services, and Berkeley Humane.

Michael is an advocate in helping nonprofits use technology to manage their fundraising and marketing campaigns, and often advises his clients on platform selection and migration. During his work career, Michael has worked for several tech companies that develop software for nonprofits, including,, GetActive Software, EveryAction, and Engaging Networks.

Michael is a former Board Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter where he indulged his lifelong passion for fundraising for progressive causes.

He is the author of three books and numerous articles chronicling the rise of digital marketing, mobile, and online fundraising. In 1997, he co-authored the groundbreaking book Fundraising on the Internet: Recruiting and Renewing Donors Online, with Nick Allen and Mal Warwick.


Michael’s opinion, analysis and writing have been featured in numerous media, including The New York TimesThe Chronicle of Philanthropy, National Public Radio, The Nonprofit Times,, Philanthropy News Digest,, The Philanthropy Journal, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Grassroots Fundraising Journal and Wired Magazine.

Michael holds a BA in Political Science, cum laude, from Brandeis University.  He grew up in France and England, and now resides in Orinda, California. When not designing fundraising strategies, he enjoys kayaking the Bay Area waterways, hiking the East Bay open spaces, soccer, and reading.

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