This year’s AFP International Conference in San Francisco was one of the most personally and professionally rewarding that I’ve been to in several years.
Snapped a photo with Marcy Heim and Lori Jacobwith after her presentation – Marcy is in the yellow hat!
“How to have Donor-Centered Conversations” was especially meaningful. I consider donor-centered fundraising an area of personal specialty, but I came away from her session with several things that I can add to my own practice. Her work brings vision to the theoretical side and provides tools on how to apply, in practical ways, what she has discovered in her years as a fundraiser.
Another big name on my list was Adrian Sargeant from Plymouth University. I attended a session of his on event-based fundraising, which I also happened to speak about at the same conference. I was fascinated to see that our two sessions, which focused on different dimensions of the same topic, overlapped without any conflict. He and his team are researching how to use events to actually raise money, rather than using events to simply churn people. I left his session with excitement and appreciation for what his team is doing!
These were just a couple of the people I was able to meet with during my time at the conference. I encourage you to read books, articles or blog posts they’ve written and see how their wisdom might apply to what you do in your work.
Remember, we’re in the relationship business first and foremost! I was reminded of that in a meaningful way during this conference.
Have a great week,