This evening, 30 people from all over the Bay Area are invading the VolunteerMatch office in Chinatown. And we couldn’t be more excited. What’s going on?
Tonight we’re hosting the Bay Area Nonprofit Communications Meetup, a monthly gathering of nonprofit communications professionals (and those interested in nonprofit communications) for informal, discussion-oriented solution salons.
Each month we gather together to talk in small groups about issues relevant to all of us – how to spread the word about our nonprofits, build strong communities of supporters, and amplify the impact of our organizations using both traditional and new media.
Personally, I’m super excited for this event. I spend a great deal of my time in front of the computer, focused on writing and tweeting and making connections between social media accounts. It’s refreshing to get some face time with people that really understand what I deal with every day.
I can share my expertise with them (and isn’t that a nice ego boost!), and I never fail to learn from others’ experiences. The fact that we’re all different nonprofits with different missions and different strategic plans only makes the discussion richer.
Doesn’t this sound great? I definitely encourage you to consider creating your own group, or “meetup” of people to bounce ideas off of and get help. With today’s technology tools like LinkedIn Groups, Facebook Groups, Meetup.com, and more, it’s easy to gather some people together, whether you want to meet more volunteer managers, marketing coordinators, event managers, etc.
No matter what your job function, talking to others doing similar things are a nonprofit will benefit everyone. Just don’t forget to have some food and beverages!
We’ll let you know how tonight’s event goes, and please report back on any gatherings you have and the breakthroughs that happen as a result.