Well, We Made It!
So I thought maybe my friend Darla is right. Maybe the shift had come, and it wasn't for the good. But 30 minutes more sleep and a cup of strong coffee later, and I remembered the world in which I work — the world of the fundraisers, the world of getting things done and making things better. It's impossible to be this close to the heart of the nonprofit world and let gloom and doom take over my outlook. So I'm going with the other explanation of the Dec. 21, 2012, theory, the one that says the shift somehow moved us toward a more compassionate and enlightened state of civilization. Or, who knows? Maybe the Facebook memes are right and the guy carving the calendar just ran out of stone. ("Man, that's gonna freak somebody out someday.")
Mark the date!
Either way, since you're still here doing all that great work, it seems safe to go ahead an announce our brand-new live event — the Engage Conference. It takes place in Philadelphia on May 9 (with a separate pre-conference workshop the day before). Engage focuses on nonprofits that made the leap to powerhouse organizations, have proven themselves to be flawless stewards, and earned the trust and hearts of their donors. It features no-nonsense case study sessions and lots of access to speakers to raise concerns, get questions answered or maybe even just commiserate. And of course, lots of food and fun with some Philly flair is penciled in too. Keep an eye out for details!