On April 26, I was a featured presenter at the 2018 NAYDO Conference on YMCA Philanthropy in New Orleans. This is one of the largest conferences in the nation promoting the great work of YMCAs and fundraising professionals.
My 60-minute keynote, entitled “The Magic of Fundraising: Connecting People to the Extraordinary,” combined strategic insights with moments of magic to inspire and captivate the crowd.
I always focus on presenting tools that are both practical and powerful, and this was no different. I framed it with three core areas:
- The Power of Thinking Like a Magician
- Connecting your Team, Brand & Cause
- How to Build a Culture of Philanthropy
After the session, I joined colleagues on Bourbon Street, enjoyed some amazing food, had a night cap in the hotel lobby, then made a trek to the historic Cafe Du Monde to enjoy some beignets at 2am. What an amazing and enriching visit.