It was the Institute of Fundraisng National Convention last week. Convention is always a highlight of the year for me - and last week was no different.
I picked up a ton of great ideas and insight. Met friends old and new and debated about some of key things impacting on fundraising today.
It was a great three days and i'll be sharing some content and ideas in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here is a little post-convention reading!
The theme of the conference was 'Proud to be Fundraiser' and I'd highly recommend (where ever you are in the world) to download the new 'Proud to be a Fundraiser' toolkit and watch the opening plenary.
For more thoughts on convention check out:
Lisa Clavering blogged on all three days of convention.
Simon Scriver shares his thoughts.
Fundraising director Di Flatt shares why she is proud ot be a fundraiser.
Stephen George on why it's time fundraising became a movement.
Why Giles Pegram struggles to be proud to be a fundraiser.
Elsewhere in the world:
Resilience is one of the key characteristics I look for in fundraisers. Barbara Talisman shares some thoughts on rejection and resilience.
Cause 4 look at the link between income, happiness and giving.
Wild Woman Fundraising with six questions to help you get corporate sponsorship.
Fundraiser magazine with six steps charities can use to build relationships with corporate partners.
Donor Relations Guru shares some great donor communication examples.
Mark Phillips on in-memory giving and the 'sorry window'.
Bloomerang on how to keep your donors.
Future Fundraising Now on minding your metaphors.
There's been an interesting Twitter and online debate about the donor pyramid and it's demise. Fearless Fundraising cover the arguments.
Pamela Grow asks if your nonprofit passes the online fundraising test?
The Fundraising Collective describe making the ask and unlocking your prospects.
The Good Agency explain how your event can woo Millenials.