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Speaking after Archbishop Desmond Tutu…

Speaking after Archbishop Desmond Tutu…

Archbishop Desmond Tutu opened the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore with a wonderfully funny and heartfelt address. Unfortunately my talk on mobile phone fundraising came next – but the US audience was great and I appreciated the benefits of a brilliant warm-up artist.

So far mobile bar-codes have not hit the US fundraising profession, but judging by the enthusiasm they showed it won’t be long before they will be telling us how it is done. Leadership being a process they feel is inherently their right to demonstrate.

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This would be a video link, but my Flip was noticed as soon as it went into action and I only caught his smile before being reprimanded.

Overall it was a great conference and there is a lot that we can learn from the US’s extensive experience of most fundraising techniques. I would rate this conference way over the other international conventions.

See you there next year

John Baguley

John Baguley is the CEO of the International Fundraising Consultancy (IFC) and a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. IFC has a global reach with twelve country directors and runs the free Top Table business breakfasts for fundraising directors. John is a regular speaker at international fundraising conventions, and a writer and blogger on fundraising.

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