#19NTC – Time To Get Your Proposal On

You can now submit a session proposal for the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference which takes place March 13 – 15, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

Adaptistration People 087Whether you’re a longtime presenter or are new to the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) community and have never presented at the NTC before, I want to encourage you to submit a session proposal.

I’ve written about my experiences at 18NTC on a few occasions and one area where I want to help 19NTC is to see an increase in the number of nonprofit performing arts orgs in attendance.

The proposal portal opened on July 9, 2018 and you have until Aug 17 to get your submission(s) in. One month might seem like plenty of time but don’t miscount the largesse of summer to make those days evaporate sooner than later.

#19NTC sessions are:

  • designed by and for nonprofit professionals, including nonprofit staff, vendors, and consultants.
  • aimed at all levels of proficiency, from beginner to advanced, and cover a wide range of trends, best practices, and strategies.
  • grouped into six main categories: Fundraising, IT, Leadership, Program, Marketing & Communications, and Tactical.

I’m pleased to serve on the Leadership category advisory committee and I can say that it’s a great group of professionals to work with that have no shortage of enthusiasm and expertise.

One of the best aspects of NTC events is how much support they provide and crazy organized everything is. To that end:

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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