Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, Marilyn Donnellan’s books and material come from deep within her own personal experiences. She candidly shares her struggles and provides the tools to strengthen individuals and organizations and build long-term sustainability.

Her fiction books are about strong women who fight against incredible adversities. Her first murder mystery, Give ‘til it Hurts, entangles the reader in a web of deceit and betrayal, based on Donnellan’s personal knowledge of domestic violence issues. A science fiction series, The Book Liberators, is set for release in late 2018 and also provides an intriguing look at a futuristic world where books, writing, reading and religion are banned. The books feature strong female characters struggling against impossible odds.


Shivers of fear and wide-eyed anticipation of what might happen in the future are just two of the responses to my new fiction books. The first murder mystery, Give ‘til it Hurts, might be fiction, but it is a hard-hitting look at domestic violence from a very personal perspective. The Book Liberators series are science fiction and illustrate what might happen if strong women become warriors in the future.



When I accepted the position of executive director of my first nonprofit 35 years ago, I was frustrated at the lack of useable material for a single-staff nonprofit like mine. This started my quest to develop easy-to-use management tools for nonprofits of all types and sizes. I wanted everything to be practical, not academic tomes or theory. The books fit into three categories: nonprofit management, training materials and self-help.


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Marilyn Donnellan is a modern Renaissance woman. An artist, writer, wife, mother and grandmother, she also has a successful career as a nonprofit CEO and consultant. Her more than 60 books, guides, webinars, and training tools are in use in over a dozen countries worldwide.

A sought-after speaker and trainer, Donnellan’s background and skills provide a backdrop for a wide-range of topics. She frequently incorporates a bag-lady character and other surprises into her motivational speaking and training…



Whether it is conducting fast-paced, interesting workshops for groups of all sizes and types, or key-note addresses at conferences, Marilyn Donnellan always surprises attendees with her knowledge and personal insights. The word “boring” has never be seen on an evaluation form from her workshops, webinars or speaking engagements.

Each speaking event is tailored to the needs of the group, with lots of ways for attendees to participate. “Fantastic” was the single-word response by one of the participants to a series of twelve webinars she is currently conducting for Nonprofit WebAdvisors for an executive director certification course.



Give ‘Til It Hurts

The tangled web of lies, deceit and betrayal cannot be undone until the young executive director of the domestic violence shelter confronts her own mysterious past. And when she is accused of murder, her past threatens to overwhelm her future. This hard-hitting fictional look at domestic violence, loosely based on the author’s own experiences, pulls no punches…

Two Faces of Me

Emotionally damaged by childhood bullying and verbal abuse, the author takes the reader on a rocky journey from deep-seated feelings of ugliness and inadequacies to a positive self image. Struggling to find herself after an attempted suicide, she lives her life like an actress, pretending to be what she does not feel. Focused on a lifestyle of over achievement and trying to please others, it is only when she begins to comprehend her worth in God’s eyes…

Science Fiction

The White Warrior

The young, beautiful university student leads a peaceful protest movement of the Book Liberators against the American Empire’s banning of her beloved books, eventually leading to all-out rebel war. She reluctantly becomes the vengeful White Warrior, determined to stop the insidious destruction of personal freedoms, but not until she is pushed to the limits of her emotional and physical strength.

The Slave Warrior

The White Warrior leads a band of rebels struggling to restore the lost freedoms of writing, reading and religion. Now ruled by a psychotic emperor, the American Empire is falling apart and its citizens starving. The rebel army of Book Liberators is outgunned but refuses to accept defeat, even after the first White Warrior disappears into a brutal slave camp.


The Complete Guide to Church Management

For the first time, pastors and leaders now have a guide for the basics of managing any type of religious congregation. Few seminaries require graduates to take courses in administration. As a result, there is often conflict and frustration within religious congregations when the leader (pastor, priest or rabbi) hasn’t a clue how to deal with the essential day-to-day management tasks. The book is co-authored with Rev. Alan P. Naumann, M.Div., and covers every aspect of administration.