We’re days away from Blackbaud’s premier conference for nonprofits.

This is the conference where around two thousand nonprofit professionals come together  to re-charge their passion, power on for their missions, and get energized with peers. And this year it’s all happening in Nashville, TN—The Music City.

Other than remembering to pack your cowboy boots and flannel shirt, there are few other things I want to make sure you don’t forget.

Here are the top 5 things you don’t want to miss this year:

1. RJ Mitte Keynote

RJ MitteMaybe you know him best as Walt Jr. from AMC’s Breaking Bad, but RJ’s passions go far beyond eating breakfast and acting. Take a look at his Twitter account and you’ll see that a large portion of his work is dedicated to advocating on behalf of those with disabilities. And as an ambassador for Shriner’s Hospital for Children, RJ is dedicated to helping #CutTheBull.

On Monday morning at 10:00 am CST, RJ will be helping us kick off #bbcon 2014 in a big way, with an undoubtedly big an inspiring message. You don’t want to miss it.

2. BIG Idea Day

Big Idea Day will be an unprecedented day of big ideas that will build on the inspiring stories shared in our keynotes and feature marquee sessions on the hottest topics and trends in the nonprofit world, presented by some of the nonprofit industry’s biggest powerhouses.

Topics will be ranging from Crowdfunding and Donor Retention to Overhead, Fundraising Potential, and Budgeting for Goals. And these sessions will set the groundwork for deeper-diving breakout sessions that will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The goal of Big Idea day is for you to gain insights, ideas, and strategies that will help you make greater impact for your organization, its mission, and the world.

The Sessions start at 1:30 p.m. See you there.

3. Impact Awards

The Blackbaud Nonprofit Impact Awards honor nonprofits that use technology to make a positive impact on their organizations, constituents, and society. During Tuesday’s General Session at 9:00 a.m., we’ll be starting the day by recognizing 5 organizations that are setting standards in the nonprofit industry.

The 5 categories we will be recognizing:

  • Most Impactful Use of Blackbaud Technology
  • Best Use of Multichannel Marketing
  • Best Use of Peer-to-Peer/Special Events
  • Best Use of Analytics/Prospect Research
  • Best Fundraising/Supporter Cultivation Idea

Join us for the Impact Awards to hear the success stories of these 5 organizations and give them the recognition they so well deserve.

4. The Give Back Booth

This year’s Give Back Booth will be your opportunity to do just that, give back. Monday-Wednesday this will be a place where you can participate in our service project for the patients at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

Throughout conference, the Give Back Booth will also be sponsoring the Social Media Give Back program benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Below are the details for how to participate:

  • $1 per photo shared from the Give Back Booth filling out the Giving Tuesday pledge and using  #GivingTuesday + #BBCon
  • $0.50 per picture shared using #BBCon on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
  • $0.25 per tweet using #BBCon
  • $1 for 4Square Check-in at #BBCon or Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits

5. Phil Vassar Concert

phil vassarThis Rodeowave recording artist and CMA/ACM Award Winner has 26 Top 40 Hits, 15 Top 10 Hits, 10 Number 1s, and is a 2-time ASCAP Songwiter of the year.

And on Tuesday night he’ll be putting on a special concert just for #bbcon attendees.  Pack your dancin’ boots and get ready to let loose, Music City Style.

We’ll see you in Nashville.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madeline Turner is the Online and Social Marketing Manager at Blackbaud. Prior to running Blackbaud’s social media and thought leadership blog npENGAGE, Madeline worked as a Managing Editor for Blackbaud’s Content Marketing program. It is her goal to create content and share ideas that challenge the status quo of the nonprofit industry. When Madeline isn’t tweeting or writing blog posts, you can find her drinking coffee out of her ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ mug, wearing giant headphones and singing off-key.

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