#20NTC – Time To Get Your Proposal On

You can now submit a session proposal for the 2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference which takes place March 24 – 26, 2020 in Baltimore, MD hon!

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

19NTC was a big hit thanks in no small part to the new tactical sessions they introduced. Not only are they back for 20NTC but they’ve been rebranded (sprint sessions) and expanded to a dedicated track for each day of the conference.

20NTC sessions are designed by and for nonprofit professionals, including nonprofit staff, technology service providers, and consultants. Sessions are grouped into six main categories: fundraising, IT, leadership, program, marketing & communications, and sprint sessions.

My continued goal is to see an increase in the number of nonprofit performing arts orgs in attendance. During #19NTC, there was never more than half a dozen in sessions that had 100+ in attendance and given how useful the sprint sessions in particular are, it’s definately a positive ROI for your professional dev budget.

If that weren’t enough, there’s one of the most extensive exhibition halls available sticked with the largest number of CRM providers I’ve seen in one location.

The proposal deadline is Aug 11, 2019 and while that might seem like plenty of time, don’t miscount the largesse of summer to make those days evaporate sooner than later.

I’m pleased to serve on the Leadership category advisory committee again this year 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 how 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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