I Got to Engage. Now It's Your Turn!
What a joy for someone who lives in Indianapolis to take two planes and travel to Philadelphia to participate in the recent 2014 Engage Conference hosted by Fundraising Success magazine. I met many individuals who were born in one place and live in another. I also met many people from an array of organizations from small, rural shops to large, international entities. Everyone was hungry to learn how to use tools to integrate their fundraising plan and use case studies as a catalyst to improve their fundraising organization's performance.
I was impressed by the format of the day-long conference. The meet-and-greets were beneficial. The case studies were comprehensive and outstanding. The roundtables were inspirational, and everyone wanted to engage. Even lunch and breaks were long enough for professionals to share ideas, experiences, dreams and thoughts for the future. The atmosphere was very positive, and the location of the day was perfect. By design, attendance was limited, and yet there was great diversity of thought and presence. The day went by very quickly, and I learned that both problems and opportunities exist for all of us. There was also a nice balance from those new to the profession to senior-level executives and consultants.
Having written articles and blogs for Fundraising Success for more than six years, I was humbled by a conference participant who commented that she was inspired by my blogs. You never know who you touch. The only reason I write weekly blogs is to share my career lifetime of experiences with others through my eyes. My personal philosophy will always be to blend theory and practice. With the state of technology and the ever-changing world of fundraising, to succeed you will have keep up to date with state of the art and best practices to stay ahead. Fundraising Success gives you so many different perspectives by an array of talented writers. Each person views the world in a different way. I enjoy reading these articles, and I encourage you to do the same.
Duke Haddad, Ed.D., CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis. He also serves as president of Duke Haddad and Associates LLC and is a freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO since 2008.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration plus a dissertation on donor characteristics. He received a master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis on public administration plus a thesis on annual fund analysis. He secured a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) with an emphasis on marketing/management. He has done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
Duke has received the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award, from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter. He also was given the Outstanding West Virginian Award, Kentucky Colonel Award and Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the governors of West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, respectively, for his many career contributions in the field of philanthropy. He has maintained a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation for three decades.