Talking About Nonprofit Tech RFP’s With Tony Martignetti at Nonprofit Radio

During the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present a session on nonprofit technology RFPs (Requests for Proposals). On the conference’s opening day, my co-presenter, Ceci Dadisman, and I sat down to record a session for Tony Martignetti’s Nonprofit Radio program and that episode was published last Friday.

Adaptistration People 143You can stream the episode at or download from iTunes (ep.412).

The show was recorded right on the conference’s exhibition floor and that abundance of energy is practically palpable.

Ceci and I are presenting this session on Sunday, 11/11/2018 for the 2018 National Arts Marketing Project Conference (NAMPC) in Seattle, WA. We’ve tweaked the content to focus more on nonprofit performing arts environment as opposed to the broader nonprofit sector.

If you aren’t already registered, you can do so online.

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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