I had a great time last week attending and speaking at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits annual statewide conference. There were a variety of great sessions, including the plenary by about excellent marketing practices for nonprofits and Katya Andresen, Kivi Leroux Miller's session on improving annual reports. I met some great nonprfit staff and consultants including web designer Leandra Ganko and fundraising/marketing consultant Elizabeth Turnbull.
I gave a presentation that gave examples of Web 2.0 tools nonprofits are using. I got a lot of great feedback from attendees that even though they might not understand how they all work, they now had a better idea what was possible and understood the underlying idea that it is about having a conversation.
As always I featured my favorite social media guru Beth Kanter's blog as an important resource.
Hats off to the NC Center for Nonprofits for a very well-run and informative conference. I think there is something very important about a state wide conference in terms of building community, getting to know your nonprofit neighbors and counterparts in other parts of your state. I hope more nonprofit support organizations and funders look into holding similar gatherings in other states. Special thanks to Paula Jones, Technology Director and Trisha Lester, Vice Presdent of the Center for inviting me and being so great to work with.