Typically with the dawn of a new year, I start thinking about resolutions and goals. This year, however, I’m just too daggone busy to construct lofty goals and think of new resolutions. Instead, I thought I’d share what’s on the horizon for CharityJen in 2015.
AFP Philanthropy Forecast & Events
This year, I’ll be serving as the Marketing Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I’m excited to help promote and raise awareness of this fine organization in the Triangle Region. My first order of business is to moderate the Trends in Communications Panel at the Philanthropy Forecast event on January 26. We’ve hand selected some stellar panelists with impressive social media presence: Steve Hahn from the AARP, Megan Garghan from the Girl Scouts – North Caorlina Coastal Pines, and Mondy Lamb with the SPCA of Wake County. I encourage all nonprofit fundraisers, communicators and marketing professionals to join us for this exciting day!
Create Good Conference
There’s a new conference in town and it’s called Create Good! This energetic half-day conference is specifically for non-profit communicators and is all about finding inspiration, sparking creativity, and celebrating non-profit communications. I’ll be presenting on the topic of “Going Viral” in social media and what it takes to be successful. The conference will be held at the Marbles Museum and starts at 1 pm on March 16. Hope to see you there!
(Note: Information on the website is still being developed. Be sure to check in regularly!)
IABC Triangle Conference
The Triangle Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators is holding a conference on April 9 with the theme of bridging the gap between internal and external communications. I’ll be on the panel that specifically addresses connecting these dots through social media. Other presenters include WakeMed, Railinc, Citrix and Bayer CropScience covering everything from managing company reviews online to creating a culture of success. If you’re working in communications or marketing, you should definitely check it out!
#FoodBank24 New Media Telethon
This list wouldn’t be complete without including the Food Bank’s 24 Hour Telethon! This will be the fourth year of the Triangle’s most premier digital fundraising event. I work with an awesome team of events and communication staff to create 24 hours of engaging content to raise awareness for hunger relief, spread the mission of the organization, and encourage donations for families in need. The event will be hosted, once again, by our magnificent volunteer and personal hero, Gregory Ng. We’ll feature fascinating interviews, fun events, volunteering opportunities, and a dunk tank! If you haven’t heard the buzz, check out my post from 2013 “24 Little Hours” or Greg’s post from last year “Impossible is only in our failure to believe.” The event is set for September 11 and 12 of this year. More details will be forthcoming, but the event link is below.
Social Media Ambassadors Program
The Social Media Ambassadors of the Food Bank are networked volunteers that use their social media powers for good! It’s a way for busy professionals to give back by helping to spread awareness of hunger in our region and promoting the Food Bank activities and events. I’ll be continuing to grow and expand our exclusive membership by incorporating more events and opportunities this year. If you’re a social media superstar in central & eastern NC, consider joining us! We’d be thrilled to have you.
2015 is shaping up to be a bustling and energetic year! Hope to see you in the mix!