I thought it would be phenomenal if someone from every nonprofit organization in the country could attend the IFC at least once, could find themselves in that delicious mix of languages, accents, skin tones and national mindsets and start to make connections with their comrades in development from around the world — if they actually could see themselves as part of the Big Picture.
Do you need a world vision to feed children in New York City or save dogs in Chicago? Probably not. But child welfare and animal protection are universal concerns, just like almost any other cause you can name. Fundraisers, no matter where they’re from, can only benefit from connecting with their colleagues regionally, nationally and globally — because passion translates, and in order to change the world you have to live in it. Fully.