Ed Hohlbein does acting, asking, data’ing, and speaking. He brings both a BFA and an MFA in acting, a background in teaching, and two decades of experience with nonprofits to his work. Whether he is teaching a team how to authentically incorporate acting approaches into their fundraising practices; coaching an executive or development director one-on-one; creating a prospect tracking system for major gift officers; assisting with data analysis and system administration; or speaking to a group large or small, Ed emphasizes creativity, ingenuity, and simplicity in all of his projects.

For over 20 years Ed has delivered the kind of high-touch coaching, strategy development, and training that he knows are the most effective in maximizing the capacity of nonprofit development teams to accomplish their fundraising goals. His focus on acting, asking, data’ing, and speaking puts the nonprofit professional front and center, helping to develop the skills required to build more robust, targeted connections to their donors and leading to a more fully funded organizational mission. He has enjoyed working with teams across the country as well as speaking to groups of all sizes.

He grew up in a small Michigan village – yes, it was so small that it didn’t even get the classification of a “town.” He later spent several years in the Atlanta area and today his family is happy to call Nashville home.

Learn more about Ed on LinkedIn. You can also get to know his Chief Canine Officer on Instagram.

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No one I have ever met knows Blackbaud and The Raiser’s Edge like Ed Hohlbein. His expertise is evident within seconds. He is an amazing teacher, and he is passionate about what he does every day. He invests himself completely in the agency and his work – while bringing a fun, dynamic personality to the team.

Melanie Lambert

Director of Annual Giving, Catholic Charities Atlanta
Ed led our development team to increase our number of individual donors at, or above the $1,200 level by over 250%. He worked diligently to restore literally dozens of lost donor relationships and build even more new ones. He then was a superior steward of those relationships. Ed has many strengths but relationship building is his particular genius. I recommend him with great enthusiasm.

Tracy Elliott

Executive Director, AID Atlanta
Best training ever! It is truly amazing to see everyone in the office excited about data. I didn’t know that was even possible! Your explanations were so easy to understand. Everyone feels much more confident working in the database.

Lillian Moore

Database Manager, Christ Church Episcopal School
Ed was able to achieve in just one day with our team, what some past trainers have tried to accomplish over the course of several training sessions.

Margaret Hubbard

Associate VP, Major Gift Development, Barry University
As a professional in the sales and training industry, I found Acting for Askers to be a great program that helped round out my sales toolbox and build skills in relationship sales.

Tanquil Graves

Student, Acting for Askers

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