The Peer to Peer Professional Forum Conference kicked off today and the Event 360 team was on-site attending sessions, learning about current industry trends, providing one-on-one consulting to peer-to-peer professionals and enjoying seeing friendly faces, old and new.

Here were a few highlights:

One-on-one consulting — Our Event 360 team had the chance to speak with a half dozen non-profit event professionals and learn about their events (and hopefully provide some useful advice as well). If you didn’t take advantage of this opportunity, be sure to sign up next year.

Our friends at Plenty reviewed the Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Thirty which included interesting insights:

  • A few organizations with legacy programs saw declines potentially due to the volume of events.
  • Growth was seen in new organizations with single-site events.
  • It’s a good time for philanthropy but new ways of giving are disrupting the fundraising paradigm.
  • New business models are being developed — ask us about our partnership with the MS Society for MuckFest MS.
  • Organizations are experiencing “overnight success” after years of patience, planning, and vision.
  • Growth can only be achieved through investment.

Cash, Sweat and Tears — The annual award given to an outstanding volunteer is always a highlight and this year’s recognition of Anthony Carabajal and his work on the Ice Bucket Challenge was no exception. What a privilege to hear him speak!

It was a great day catching up with colleagues, making new friends and talking shop. We’re looking forward to more conversations tomorrow.

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