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  • Start Here — Hello, my name is …

    Posted by Joshua on February 6, 2024 at 7:06 pm

    Introduce yourself to the community. Where are you from? What gets you up and out of bed every morning? What’re you working on that inspires you?

    Click the blue button that says REPLY over there on the right hand side. Once you’re done, scroll down and find another person’s reply to … reply to! Hover over their post and click the reply arrow to write a response.

    Joshua replied 6 hours, 55 minutes ago 10 Members · 33 Replies
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  • Marti

    Member
    February 13, 2024 at 7:07 pm

    Hello, Friends!

    Marti Thomas here (2023 NPSC Leader Board #6!😜). I am a Friendraiser for people with disabilities, empty nester, an AZ snowbird of sorts, and dork at heart! I’m officially the Director of Development at Work Opportunities, just north of Seattle. We support close to 500 adults with disabilities on their employment paths across four counties.

    • Joshua

      Administrator
      February 14, 2024 at 9:48 pm

      @MartiThomas you’re the best. I had no idea you spent time in AZ!

    • Lawrence

      Member
      February 15, 2024 at 5:37 pm

      Hello Marti, I greatly appreciate all who work in the developmental disability field. My hometown has an excellent service provider, The Occupational Center of Central Kansas which offers a wide range of services and has been a great resource partner to our department.

    • Mary R

      Member
      February 15, 2024 at 7:06 pm

      Whoop!! Number 6 on the leaderboard! Way to go Marti!!

  • Jenny

    Member
    February 14, 2024 at 4:24 pm

    Hi, My name is Jenny. I am the Executive Director of Music in the Mountains. We are a music organization that provides music education programs in and after school, community chorus, and professional concerts to a community of 60K in the Northern California Sierra Nevada foothills.

    • Joshua

      Administrator
      February 14, 2024 at 9:49 pm

      Oh hey @jenny-darlington-person! So glad you are here. You’ll see a LOT from me about music. 🙂

    • Mary R

      Member
      February 15, 2024 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Jenny — I love what you do! Music and the arts are so important! I love to sing — no one loves to hear me, not even me! But I still crank up the songs and belt them out!!

      I’m excited to hear more about your work!

    • Marti

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 10:50 am

      Hi Jenny! It was so great to spend time with you at the farmhouse and learn about you all! It did give me a new appreciation for classical music!

    • Clay

      Member
      February 22, 2024 at 5:31 pm

      Hi, Jenny! My FIRST fundraising gigs were in arts/music education – keep doing that great, important work!!

  • Matt

    Member
    February 14, 2024 at 5:27 pm

    Hey, friends! Matt here with C You In The Major Leagues, an organization in Kansas City that focuses on mentoring (and all that comes with that) for high school students — largely from under-resourced areas — of the city. Two things get me out of bed every day: wanting to be an example of consistency and hard work for my kids (even though I’m an “empty nester”) and wanting to do all I can for the kids and families we serve.

    Looking forward to getting more involved with this nonprofit community!

    • Joshua

      Administrator
      February 14, 2024 at 9:51 pm

      Brother @matt, thank you! Folks, did you know Matt’s got a podcast? Check it out: https://cyouinthemajorleagues.org/blog

      • Matt

        Member
        February 15, 2024 at 12:52 am

        Thanks, @Josh-Alcorn! I never really mention the C-10 Podcast in this type of setting, but since you did, I’ll throw in a shameless plug for one episode in particular: Episode 142 with our friend @ChrisDavenport. It was such a fun chat, and I think all of you will enjoy it. You can listen wherever you get your pods, or, as Josh mentioned, directly on our website: C-10 Podcast: Chris Davenport, Ep. 142 | C You In The Major Leagues.

        • Chris

          Administrator
          February 15, 2024 at 12:56 am

          I have to agree. It is a very fun podcast. But I may be a little biased. 😜

      • Marti

        Member
        February 19, 2024 at 10:53 am

        Oh, I didn’t know that! Definitely going to check it out!

    • Mary R

      Member
      February 15, 2024 at 7:15 pm

      hey Matt — your work sounds amazing. I was a ED for CASA program in my area. It was the hardest work but I loved it!

      Look forward to hearing more and off to check out your podcast!

    • Marti

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 10:55 am

      Love your what gets you out of bed—I’m an empty nester too and not sure that I like it! LOL Cant wait to give your podcast a listen!

      • Clay

        Member
        February 22, 2024 at 5:34 pm

        Wait, we’re supposed to get OUT of bed? I’ve been doing this work-from-home thing all wrong, then. (Or maybe very, very right?)

        Can’t wait to tune into the podcast @matt-fulks

        • Joshua

          Administrator
          February 23, 2024 at 6:36 am

          oh Clay … your humor gets me every time!

  • Lawrence

    Member
    February 15, 2024 at 5:31 pm

    Hello everyone! I am the Executive Director of Arts & Humanities for the City of Salina, KS. I’ve been to the NPSC twice and sent our operations and development manager in 2023. We really appreciate the excellent resources and connections provided through NPSC.

    • Joshua

      Administrator
      February 15, 2024 at 5:37 pm

      Oh hi @lawrence-anderson! Every time I hear someone is from Salinas, I think about Steinbeck. So glad you’re here.

  • Joshua

    Administrator
    February 15, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    I guess at some point I deleted my introduction! So here we go again …

    I’m Josh Alcorn, co-producer of the Conference and @shanon-doolittle‘s partner in crime over at Tactical Thursdays. I’m a reformed political fundraiser whose life was changed when I attended the NPSC in 2018.

    My wife, two kids and I live in Kennett Square, PA. They’re the reason I get out of bed every morning. I’m a competitive distance runner training for my 3rd Boston Marathon (which is what I do when I get out of bed every morning). I’m an avid reader and music nut.

    I love sharing and teaching and learning. I start each work day by writing down 3 things I’m grateful for. You can join me in this practice over here in the Daily Gratitude thread.

  • Mary R

    Member
    February 15, 2024 at 7:20 pm

    Hello ALL! I’m Mary from Alabama. I use Mary R because you’d be stunned at just how many Mary

    Snyders there are in this world!

    I’m a strategic storytelling coach and event guru. I left a mega nonprofit to do my own thing and serve nonprofits around the globe. I LOVE what I get to do.

    I’m a true Southerner who knows that everyone has a story and every story is important. I can’t give you directions to my house without telling you a few stories about the people and the region.

    I love travel and reading! And I like to speak in movie quotes – and have been known to break out into 70/80s music lyrics as needed.

    I can’t wait to get to know all of you!

    • Michele

      Member
      February 16, 2024 at 2:49 pm

      Nice to meet you! What book are you reading right now?

      • Mary R

        Member
        February 16, 2024 at 3:50 pm

        the Gap & the Gain (nonfiction) – great book on walking in your success instead of focusing on the negative

        The Vanishing Half (fiction) – ooh, so good!

    • Joshua

      Administrator
      February 16, 2024 at 2:54 pm

      Friends, @mary-r is one the best storytellers around. Listen to what she says! 🙂

      • Mary R

        Member
        February 16, 2024 at 3:51 pm

        aww, you’re the BEST!!

  • Michele

    Member
    February 16, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    Hi everyone, Happy to be here! My name is Michele Marchetti and I’m the Deputy Director of The Cornucopia Institute. We do a lot of things, and some of it is very wonky, but we also help you survive the grocery store. We help you look beyond the labels to find the best organic food from farms and brands that help heal, rather than harm, the Earth. (Find our Organic Scorecards and Independent Organic Brand List at cornucopia.org.)

    I spend a lot of time thinking about our food system. I’m lucky enough to spend part of my year visiting the best grocery stores and learning from some of the most resilient, dedicated farmers in our country.

    I attended last year’s conference for the first time and loved it. I’ve already learned so much, including how to up my game on LinkedIn. (That platform has propelled my relationships with lapsed, current, and new donors.)

    Thanks for creating this new opportunity to share and grow.

    • Joshua

      Administrator
      February 16, 2024 at 2:53 pm

      Welcome @Michele Marchetti! Thank you for the important work you do. I was just talking to my wife about labeling on supplements for my kids the other day. There’s an industry that’s decades behind the organic industry…

      And it’s great to hear you found the Conference helpful! Tania’s LinkedIn session was one of my favorites as well.

      Glad you’re here!

      • Michele

        Member
        February 16, 2024 at 4:05 pm

        Yes, I feel so lost when I buy supplements!

        Thanks for the warm welcome. Hope to meet you in NM.

    • Mary R

      Member
      February 17, 2024 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Michele, your work sounds fascinating. Last year was my first time at NPSC – and I LOVED it!

      Let’s make sure we meet up in NM!!

    • Marti

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 10:58 am

      Ooohhh, now I know which video from last year to go watch! Love that you use LI to connect to donors! I’m going to dive into your website later too – I need to learn more!

  • Benjamin

    Member
    February 22, 2024 at 8:52 am

    Hi, Ben here. I grew up in the town that invented the roundabout / traffic circle / Gyratory(?)… So you are welcome for that.

    I’ve been in Philadelphia since just before the pandemic writing ghost stories and now Helping a storytelling organization (First Person Arts) get more support. So naturally we use stories in our fundraising, walk the walk right?

    But as to how, when, and which story, form whom in what format… I need help! Which is why I’ll be in NM For the NPSTC later this year.

    – Reading: The Stories We live by – Dan P. McAdams

    – Listening: Thandiswa Mazawi – (Thanks NPR tiny Desk for the recco).

    Looking forward to ingesting some inspiration!

    • Joshua

      Administrator
      February 22, 2024 at 1:42 pm

      Hey Ben! I’m just down the road in Kennett Square, PA. Philly is such a great town. I think we should petition the NPSC powers that be to host a future conference in Philly.

      And ghost stories? LOVE IT.

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