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Calling Up the Reserves - #AFPFC Wrap-Up

Calling Up the Reserves - #AFPFC Wrap-Up

Many organizations have some sort of Advisory Councils.  But often these councils, populated largely with former board members or community dignitaries that don’t have time to be board members, languish, largely neglected by the very organizations that have created them. They often have no clear purpose and meet infrequently.

But that doesn’t have to be the case.

We’re All Weird - #AFPFC Wrap-UP

We’re All Weird - #AFPFC Wrap-UP

Note:  This blog post is part of my #AFPFC wrap-up, a series of posts writing about my take-aways from the 2015 International Fundraising Conference of the AFP in Baltimore last week. We're All Weird is one of the messages imparted in the plenary session from speaker Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow, Tribes, and about 3 or 4 other dozen other books on marketing and entrepreneurship.

When he came on stage, the young woman in her twenties sitting next to me said, “I don’t even know who he is.  I’ve never heard of him.”

“You’ve got to be kidding,” I said.  “I was more excited about hearing him speak than I was about hearing Whoopi Goldberg—no offense to Whoopi—she’s cool and all, but I read Seth’s blog and follow him online.”

“Really?” said the girl next to me.  “Why?”

“So young!” I thought.

So I explained.  I’m sure I sounded like a lunatic babbling.  “You know! He’s the author of ‘Purple Cow!’ and ‘Tribes!' He’s that marketing guru with the bald head that says ‘click my head’ who wears the colorful rimmed glasses!” 

I’m excited and out of breath and uproarious clapping begins to drown me out.  I can see the young woman’s response in her eyes:  “So old,” she’s thinking. 

Happiness, Habits, and Major Gift Fundraising: #AFPFC Wrap-Up

Happiness, Habits, and Major Gift Fundraising: #AFPFC Wrap-Up

HAPPINESS, HABITS, AND MAJOR GIFT FUNDRAISING: #AFPFC WRAP-UP

Note:  This blog post is part of my #AFPFC wrap-up, a series of posts writing about my take-aways from the 2015 International Fundraising Conference of the AFP in Baltimore last week. Happiness, Habits, and Major Gifts Fundraising was the title of a session led by Amy Eisenstein.

One of my personal favorite speakers is Amy Eisenstein, author of  Major Gift Fundraising For Small Shops.  At the AFP Fundraising Conference last week, she had us dancing in the aisles to the “Happy” song (no one else at the conference did that) as she led a session on “Happiness, Habits, and Major Gift Fundraising.”

The workshop was partly about major gift fundraising and how to be better at it; and partly about time management, work-life balance, the power of positive thinking, as well as self-discipline.  Oh yeah.  And then there was the dancing.

To boil her message down to its barest elements:

  1. Positive Thinking has Power:  The old adage “think you can and you can” (or think you can’t and you can’t) applies in fundraising as in all else in life. – So Stay Positive.