It’s one of the most – if not the most – significant event for fundraisers around the world.
About 1000 of the top fundraisers from all over the world descend on a shithole of a hotel on the outskirts of Amsterdam each year to see epic plenaries, high-quality workshops and masterclasses, as well as learning from the best of the best in the bar and restaurant each morning, afternoon and evening.
I was fortunate enough to attend for my 4th (?) year and run a workshop for the 2nd year.
A few phrases jumped out at me and have been haunting me since. So I thought I’d put them all in one place here:
Richard Turner said that these days “Everyone is a channel.”
My co-presenter Jen Love said, “You know what’s more expensive than good donor care? Donor acquisition.”
Derek Humphries said, “It’s a great time to be a fundraiser.”
Hurricane Frankie revealed that UNICEF in Italy have a ‘Donor Love’ department (which I have to visit).
And most importantly I learned that the plenary room is a Pokemon Gym.
Until next year…