I popped my IFC cherry
I don’t know about you, but I had only heard good things about the IFC (International Fundraising Conference).
People raved about it – said it was “the best conference” or made references to it like “there’s no conference like it”.
Comments like that of course peak my interest, but they also raise my expectations, which is usually the kiss of death for any gig, movie, play, experience or conference – as the said ‘best thing ever’ is a let down in comparison to my now lofty expectations.
But I am so pleased to report that the #IFC does live up to the hype.
I was looking forward to being there, to be anonymous. I thought I wouldn’t know anyone – but turns out there was a solid little Aussie crew as well as all the incredible fundraising folk that I’d met in Toronto last year.
So instead of being anonymous, I had a tribe – but there were no expectations on me. I wasn’t speaking, I could just learn and have fun. And I did both in huge quantities.
High impact speakers (for me anyway)
There was some controversy over the Plenary sessions – whether they were the right type of speakers for a Plenary (polished, experienced fundraisers) but they were very different and I got a lot out of it.
The Opening Plenary was a combination of; a musician (Sergio) showing us we need both the right and left hand on the piano to make beautiful music – a nice analogy for collaboration and combining different ideas and approaches. Asha Curran speaking about Giving Tuesday and Katy Grennier, a most impressive woman (who I later found was also funny and quirky) that runs innovation programs around the world. She sat still on the stage and read a detailed account of one of her life experiences, growing up in the American foster care system. She had my captivated attention, despite her lack of showmanship. To me it felt like a case study shown at a major donor dinner – something to connect us Fundraisers to the causes we raise funds for.
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