“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.” – Henry Russo
I don’t know how it happened, but because of a Bluegrass festival, a Dunkin’ Donuts drive thru and decades’ worth of pronounced Girl Scout guilt, every attendee left the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Fundraising Messaging Workshop with something different.
And it’s all thanks to 2nd Vice President of Enterprise Leadership and Organization Development at Traveler’s, Ann Kelley.
On Thursday afternoon, on the second floor of 100 Pearl Street, I sat in a conference room, pen poised and ready. Kelley’s presentation at our 2016 Arts Innovation Day “Refining Your Elevator Speech” left attendees mesmerized. To provide staff support to our presenters and guests and actively live tweet from various locations at once, our Community Program Manager (and Arts Innovation Day coordinator), Amanda Roy assigned us to different presentations throughout the day. As I absorbed information on Managing Talent and HR Best Practices, I also spent a good portion of my day reading tweets from our guests who LOVED the storytelling session.Continue reading →