Sleigh Bells Ring . . .

December 22nd, 2009

If you were near Colony Square last Wednesday night, and let’s face it, who wasn’t, you were sure to have caught a glimpse of our holiday festivities at Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro.  The new location is only a few steps from the High Museum of Art, where our evening began.  We met one another earlier in the afternoon to unwind while walking through, with wonder at, the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, Hand of the Genius.  The John Portman exhibit, Art and Architecture, was also a source of lively conversation, as personal stories were exchanged regarding the architect’s work and its impact on our city.  I’m still asking questions regarding the fabrication of his stainless steel sculptures.

By 6:30 p.m., we were gathered around a table with wine and food in abundance.  The room was warmly decorated with rich colors, delightful statues, and jars of spices and chiles, but I would like to think that our laughter brightened up the room even more.  Life is fast-paced, and taking a moment to let the people around you realize how much you appreciate them is a big part of the season.  We shared old stories with new friends, caught up on new stories we might have missed, and strengthened our ties to one another.

Happy holidays, and may the season bring bright memories for you all!

Sharing a Smile

With laughter

And holiday cheer!

Making merry

What Donors Look for on Your Website

December 9th, 2009

Tuesday, 12/08/2009, I heard Penelope Burk speak at the Association of Donor Relations Professionals in Baltimore.  As always, she was charming AND informative, handing out jewels of information in a concise yet authoritative way.  Over the next few weeks I’ll surely be fanning ideas she sparked for me; for now, let me share this priceless insight on how donors use non-profits’ websites. Continue reading »

Non-Traditional Donor Recognition Outlets

December 8th, 2009

Monday I had the good fortune to participate in a session at the Association of Donor Relations Professionals annual conference in Baltimore.  I sat on a panel discussing “tricks from the experts”.  My portion of the presentation focused on ways to recognize donors beyond traditional plaques and printed lists.  Specifically, we considered avenues available to those who either have no physical space for traditional donor recognition or are interested in exploring new methods for engaging donors and potential donors alike. Continue reading »