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This was a challenging year for everyone, including membership organizations like ours. But despite the challenges, we found new ways to keep our members connected and supported by embracing the new virtual world.
As in-person events were being canceled in March 2020, we launched an initiative to support our members virtually. We implemented weekly member resource emails, free flash webinars, networking opportunities in our private Facebook group, as well as virtual speed networking events.
We had record-high attendance at our flash webinars and our happy hour speed networking events were a hit.
In our Annual Meeting in May 2020 (our first virtual event), we announced changes to our board and committee structure, including the implementation of Board Liaisons and co-chairs for each committee.
We also welcomed three new board members, Brad Ball, Don Raack and Shailushi Ritchie.
Board Liaison: Lidia Varesco Racoma; Co-Chairs: Aashi Mital & Annisa Wanat
Board Liaison: Emily Taylor; Co-Chairs: Aashi Mital & Annisa Wanat
Board Liaison: Jim Javoricic; Co-Chairs: Fran Caan & Laura Weinman
We are thrilled to share stories from our members about how ACN supported them this year.
We are only as strong as our membership and we are grateful to work with such a dedicated group of nonprofit consultants.
I was also delighted to have the opportunity to participate in Ask a Consultant. It was meaningful to be able to share expertise with nonprofits and colleagues as we all were learning how to navigate during a pandemic.
As a board member, I have been able to take on new challenges that add skills to my business, such as better understanding the hard skills of governance and the soft skills of building a team. This year also brought big changes for me as I tried to manage my business while having a kid at home. Connecting and having conversations with ACN members in similar situations helped me think through how to retool my work to fit my capacity and still make a meaningful impact with my clients.
ACN has been great for me as I just started my consulting practice. There was no comparable organization in NYC and I have found ACN welcoming, supportive, comprehensive and a great way to meet new people!
Participating in the ACN Board of Directors and Marketing & Communications Committee has helped me stay connected with nonprofit colleagues as well as fellow parents navigating remote learning. This year, I also got two new speaking opportunities and several new client projects thanks to ACN referrals.
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