What I’ve Learned At the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference – Day 1
First and foremost, I should really walk a lot more – especially before coming to these things. And that I’m 20 years older than I was when I lived in Chicago and 10 city blocks are a lot longer than they used to be. But I digress . . .
In no particular order:
- “Data isn’t numbers; its information” – Peter Drury
- “Organizational IQ – how much do your donors know abou your org? Most donors have low Oranizational IQ.” – Jim Shapiro
- If you get the chance to hear Peter Drury or Jim Shapiro speak – run, do not walk. But build stamina first and wear comfy shoes for the walking/running bit. #rookiemistake
- “You have to be sold out – to you BENEFICIARIES, your cause and your donors.” – Jim Shapiro again
- I want to be a sell out.
- Harvey McKinnon is as good in person as his books make you think he will be
- “Organizational Narcicism is the enemy of good fundraising.” – Harvey McKinnon.
- “Our donors want to be in the huddle, not on the sidelines cheering.” – Beth Ann Locke
- There are powerful stories out there and I’ve met hundreds of people who are out solving major problems every day.
- Fundraising in the arts is hard.
- There is NO one size fits all approach to fundraising. Everyone’s story is different and all are worth telling well.
- There are amazing people in this profession
- Believe the hype about the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference – it’s as good as you’ve heard
- Harrison Ford was here
- Chicago is still an amazing city.
- When you’re feeling a bit hopeless, being surrounded by 600 fellow fundraisers is the BEST place to be.
And there’s far more than could be fit in a blog and still be ready for Day 2 tomorrow.