This has been an amazing year in so many ways. My family and I have just relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I enjoyed speaking at several conferences, and have been very fortunate to connect and interact with so many incredible professionals on twitter (my preferred source of social media.) Through traveling and speaking I have been able to meet so many wonderful people, many I first connected with on twitter. I am very thankful to have spent some time with this amazing group of people: Sandy Rees, Darian Heyman, April Northstrom, Allison Fine, Beth Ann Locke, Cletus Coffey, Shanon Doolittle, and Casey Dilloway (check my flickr photos). Connecting with others through Google+ and over the phone has led me to great friendships with Nick Savarese, Patrick Sallee, and Michael Chatman. There really has been so many other great people (I know I’m leaving many out) the point of this post however is not to name everyone, but to thank them for their wisdom, support, and for sharing their knowledge.
I Tweet, Therefore I AM: Twitter has been an amazing experience and I only want to kick myself for not seeing value in it earlier. I started 2011 with a small following of around 100 and will end the year with over 1,100 followers. This to me is just amazing in itself that anyone (let alone that many) would be interested in my thoughts, share their opinions, or learning from my experiences. My latest Twitter experiment is my tweet the “Daily #Nonprofit Tip” has been received well and retweeted often- so I plan on continuing to do it. I have decided that next year every time I reach a new milestone with followers (in increments of a hundred) that I will donate to a charity I have connected with on twitter (hold me to that tweeps). I joined twitter to share with and learn from a community of professionals in my field- what I have received in return from these interactions was so much more. (#Gratitude)
Professionally I have been influenced by these 10 professionals the most, in terms of real substance and actionable advice you will find few better. I would recommend them to anyone seeking fundraising best practices or nonprofit management knowledge:
- @seattledrury (Peter Drury)
- @dheyman (Darian Heyman)
- @FundraisingAuth (Joe Garecht)
- @MLInnovations (Michael Rosen)
- @fundchat (hosted by @BrendanKinney)
If I helped the twittersphere in any way I would have to say #RetroFriday was my big contribution. With participation in 6 countries and close to 100 tweeps sharing their 80′s best with the world- it only proves that there is always room for humor and fellowship in all our lives.
Stepping into the Spotlight (my 15 minutes): I was very fortunate to speak to over 3,000 young people this year and over 500 professionals in nonprofit and education. I enjoy an audience and know that speaking is something I want to pursue and do more of I as continue to grow professionally. My good friend Michael Chatman gave me the incredible opportunity to be a guest twice on his radio program The Michael Chatman Giving Show and appear as his guest host 3 times (definitely highlights of the year). I very much enjoyed stepping in to live tweet for Tony Martignetti and his Nonprofit Radio Show as well. Creating a blog and website has acted more like a professional development exercise than anything else, but one that has been very enjoyable none-the-less as well as rewarding. So thank you to my subscribers and those of you who have left great comments!
What 2012 will Bring: With my new position in Washington I have the opportunity to work with Boys & Girls Clubs again. I am very excited to be with such an amazing organization that has meant so much to my career, but more importantly positively impacts millions of kids each year. I will be concentrating less on seeking consulting opportunities and throwing my energies in helping my organization take on an exciting capital campaign. I also have decided to spend 2012 focusing on my writing, both through guest blogging and working on some book ideas. Because of my new focus and position major changes are coming to my site and the way I distribute information- so stay tuned I think you will like it.
I hope your 2011 was a great one and I look forward to engaging with you in 2012.