On June 18, I flew to Fort Lauderdale, FL, picked up my rental car, and headed to the beach hotel where the Planet Philanthropy 2018 conference was being held.
If you’ve not been, the conference is worth noting in your calendar. The well-organized event is the annual statewide conference presented by The Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida. This was the third year I was presenting, but the first year to be there with clients. Two Florida-based development directors had agreed to join me onstage and share their expertise.
Our topic headline was “Event 180: Flipping Small Fundraising Events on Their Heads for Better Revenue.” We were giving ideas on how small nonprofits (think <$100k galas) could restructure their auctions for better revenues.
This topic caught Dolph Goldenburg’s eye.
Dolph is an Atlanta-based fundraising consultant. He’s host of the Successful Nonprofits podcast, a program on which he interviews experts on a wide range of topics relevant to fundraisers. Data, accounting, strategic planning, major gifts, recruitment — all subjects have found a home on his show at some point.
On that day, I had less than 10 minutes to get my computer set-up and thoughts collected for a Skype interview with Dolph. I was his last interview of the day and the interview was to result in one episode.
Here’s the short story: Dolph and I so enjoyed our conversation and found ourselves laughing at our similar experiences that our chat meandered. He decided to make the interview into two episodes. They are below.
PART 1: Aired July 22, 2018 (24 minutes)
PART 2: Aired July 31, 2018 podcast (33 minutes)