Damian O'Broin and his Ask Direct team have done it again. For the 3rd year in a row they’ve managed to produce a high quality, content-rich, inspiring conference on the historic grounds of Trinity College in Dublin. The Fundraising Summer School was simply terrific. And we got value for money. A two-day diverse and insightful program with an awesome line-up of speakers. Check the pictures here. You should have been there...
Our Dutch delegation was 20 fundraisers strong this year. We had lots of fun, but most importantly we became better fundraisers. I’ve collected some of the biggest learnings from our group.
As for my own take-away? Looking back at the #ADFSS18 tweets there is too much to mention. I was on the edge of my seat a couple of times, especially with the extra session from Mark Phillips about the effect of the misconduct scandals earlier this year on the public perception on charities. But also Stephen George's session on Leadership Driven Fundraising was really good. And then there was Derek Humphries sharing his fundraising wisdom. And let's not forget Damian O'Broin's opening plenary, and Shanon Doolittle's closing plenary! Simply too much to mention. But fantastic to see that almost every session expressed the clear advise to focus on giving feedback to donors on the impact of their donations.
The best advise I got is to keep learning. Read books, read blogs, visit conferences like the Fundraising Summer School.
So I'll be there next time. And you should be too.