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 has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Duke at email@example.com or 317-224-1029.