Jennie Thompson, board member of the Resource Alliance, was a guest of AFP at our recent Leadership Academy in Montreal. Jennie told me during the Academy she had seldom encountered such an extraordinarily dedicated group of individuals from such a wide range of backgrounds—international nonprofits, large institutions and grassroots organizations—people coming from all over North America, as well as Latin America, Europe and South East Asia.
I value that comment very highly, coming from a leader of an organization that has worked with charities from around the world for many years. It’s a distinguishing feature of both organisations.
Andrea McManus and I had the privilege of being guests of the Resource Alliance at its International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in late October. It had been some years since I attended IFC, and it was an extraordinarily valuable experience—so many participants from so many backgrounds, coming together to learn from one another. As always, the breadth and depth of knowledge was incredible, and the increasing numbers of younger delegates adding an enthusiasm and drive that was compelling.
Both experiences drive home a key point: fundraising expertise is found all over the world. North American expertise is recognized and valued, but there are amazing and ground-breaking campaigns and innovations happening all over the world from which we are increasingly drawing inspiration and benefit. Our international connections make the entire profession stronger by bringing together the best ideas that are happening in every corner of the globe.