AHP-SE Returns the Focus to the Core Mission of Development

June 14th, 2010

This year’s Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Southeast Regional Conference began yesterday in Atlanta.  Focus is split between new strategies and proven best practices.  The concentration on the sad state of the economy is finally coming to an end.  People I talked with are busier than ever, finally coming out of the shock of the economic crisis.  There is a pervasive return to the optimistic “we can get it done!” attitude that first drew me to the philanthropic arena.

Conference attendance is up, with our regional alone exceeding the numbers for the joint regional conference last year in Nashville.  Yesterday’s coursework – the AHP Development Primer and The Advanced Course in Health Care Fundraising – both exceeded attendance goals.  Conference sessions begin today, and I look forward to seeing many of my colleagues, now “freed” from restrictive travel bans.  The healthcare industry is returning to a long-known truth:  fundraising is not a peripheral luxury.  It is the pathway to motivating the community to make “dream goals” for the institution a reality.

New to the format is the Conversation Café, a forum specifically for seasoned professionals holding CFRE, FAHP or ACFRE certification.  The Café will be facilitated by our client George Maynard, Vice President of Philanthropy and Partnership at the Greenville Hospital System and Crystal Barnes Maynard, Senior Consulant with Corporate DevelopMint.  I look forward to the opportunity to confirm my sense that we’re coming “back to life” through discussion with this group of industry leaders.  Their shared experience has educated us in the past; now it will be time for their shared wisdom to lead AHP into the future.

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