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Monthly Archives: April 2011

In the news

Another article on us. We’re about to launch our service in french, so this is good timing!

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As they reported, we are sponsoring the Association des professionnels en gestion philanthropique and we’ll be answering questions about Fundtracker at a booth at their annual conference next week.

La version francophone du site devrait être en ligne d’ici le 2 mai, à l’occasion du congrès annuel de l’Association des professionnels en gestion philanthropique (APGP) lors duquel Ajah tiendra un kiosque.

London and region fundraising conference

I was disappointed that we missed the the LGBT Philanthropy Conference which occured just before we made it to Toronto, but luckily I was able to attend the London & Region Fund Raising Executives’s conference Inspired Philanthropy – The Practical and Tactical. I can’t say enough good things about the keynote speaker, Penelope Burk. Her presentation was based on original research about the fundraising profession and it was fascinating. I loved learning more about how in demand fundraisers are, how many of them “fall into” the profession, and about the status of major gift fundraisers vis a vis other’s who work in the profession. I was hanging on the edge of my seat for her entire closing presentation.

Unfortunately the conference only takes place every two years, so I’ll have to wait to return. Congratulations again to the organizers for a great event!

ONN Unconference

Daniel and I attended the Ontario Nonprofit Networks’ annual conference (actually, an “unconference“) last week.

The Minister responsable for Citizenship and Immigration, The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins spoke this morning about the Partnership Project and hinted, rather strongly, about some upcoming good news. There were numerous other speakers, all of whom were interesting, well-prepared, and with significant experience either in the sector or in closely related fields.

We were there to celebrate and promote our new partnership with ONN. We’re collaborating with them to make Fundtracker more available to ONN’s membership. We had a great time talking with the delegates, participating in the funding conversations, and answering questions from attendees about Fundtracker.

What I took away was the very exciting experience of seeing different strands of the non-profit sector making a commitment to promote their common interests. The message about the necessity of collaborating and coordinating in order to have a more powerful voice was repeated throughout the two conferences and was, seemingly, met with enthusiasm by the attendees.

To see some more notes from the conference, you can read this pdf prepared by some of the organizers.