I enjoyed speaking during the June 13, 2014 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference at the Irving Convention Center. My theme was doing more with less in the context of major gift campaigns.
As many of those working in the nonprofit sector have lamented since the onset of our nation’s economic challenges, we must all do more with less. Even as the economy is improving, the nonprofit sector continues to face challenges. But our missions are no less worthy!
Many of my prior assignments required me to accomplish daunting goals with limited resources (people and equipment). This was true even during “boom” times. I have actually developed a fondness for “impossible” fundraising challenges. These factors and others led me to identify ways to increase my efficiency and to amplify my productivity by thinking “smart” and identifying new technologies to support my work.
You can access my PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare by clicking on the photograph above. Although you are missing the snappy repartee, you will discover some of the tools I have found eliminate unnecessary staff positions and outside consultants (or that help you make better use of talented and genuinely well-meaning consultants). These tools can also help polish your major gift activities.
Most of the technologies I mention are quite simple and generally well known, really. But to use new technologies to best advantage, one must take the time to learn them. Another key message during my presentation was this: do not acquire new technologies and let them just sit there. To be effective you must learn how to use them, and then use them, smiles.
If you have questions about my presentation or any of the tools included, please use the contact form on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog to get in touch. I would be happy to assist you.
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