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William Pitcher

Founder, Pitcher Group Sponsorship + Philanthropy

William Pitcher is founder of Pitcher Group Sponsorship + Philanthropy. He has thirty years of fundraising experience -- having raised more than $100-million via major capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship and sales-oriented fundraising. He has secured millions for sponsorship of organizations in the arts, cultural, recreational and charitable sectors. As creator of GeekCoaches, Bill's team also helps commercial and charitable organizations with digital marketing and online fundraising/sales including the coming site for The Sponsorship Report. A regular public speaker, Bill leads the full-day, Deep Dive workshop during Sponsorship Week.
Bill's arts highlights include securing a $5-million venue sponsor for the Centre in the Square - Kitchener and conducting a $25-million capital campaign for construction of the Living Arts Centre - Mississauga as the centre's first Chief Development Officer. Other projects include those for Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall - Toronto, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the National Centre for the Arts - Ottawa, the Banff Centre, the Royal Conservatory of Music - Toronto, The Forks - Winnipeg and more than a dozen other theatres, galleries, performing arts companies, festivals and councils.
Bill had the opportunity to be a successful starving artist when he was invited, in the late seventies, to tour with Newfoundland's Donna Butt of Rising Tide Theatre. However, he listened to his parents and went to university instead. He was been trying to make up for it ever since by raising as much money for the arts as he can.

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