Monday, April 7, 2008

Day 4: Saving the Best for Last

Volunteering has its rewards. On Wednesday, 4/2, I had the good fortune to serve as speaker host and consequently introduced Dr. Susan Raymond. The good doctor appeared in Portland recently so I felt particularly fortunate to encounter her and her thinking again so soon.

Dr. Raymond invited me to introduce her to a diverse audience. While her presentation was rather big picture, her message about fundraising professionals being better versed in economics and anthropology was not lost on me. Dr. Raymond underscored how understanding how the economy works could inform fundraising strategy.

You can find a collection of Susan’s articles at

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Day 3: Where did the day go?

Rather than bore you with a summary of the sessions, it seemed like a good seventh inning stretch opportunity. I was fortunate enough to be invited to join a group from Heifer International at the Padres / Strohs (as in Astros) game at PetCo Park. We walked from our house up on the hill (okay, it was Holiday Inn Express) down to the stadium and enjoyed a fabulous pizza at Basic. Highlights of the game included the Padres winning, meeting a guy named Elevin who adopted us, and spending some quality time with great folks in San Diego.