Also, this was the first conference I had been to and my first chance to meet some other Make-A-Wish employees from different states.
Managing a database sounds boring, I know. However, it really is an important part of the non-profit world’s system. Everything we have lives in that database and I look forward to going home and cleaning ours up, making it more efficient, and showing my co-workers some of the tips and tricks to making it do some work for us! With a small office and all of us juggling a lot, it will be great to have the database help make our jobs easier and more efficient.
Here are some of the REAL highlights of my trip:
- Meeting folks from all across the country! It is amazing how we all do the same work, yet have such different experiences. But with all the differences in the office structure and job descriptions, one commonality seems to hold true for Make-A-Wish employees: they are hilarious and fun and genuinely wonderful people. Shout out to all my Raiser’s Edge counterparts across the country!
- I ate real, honest to goodness Texas BBQ. There was a “Pit Master” involved, a tray of food with no plate, and so much BBQ smoke that my clothes still smell of it two days later. But you know what? It was delicious!
- Finally putting a face to the name and voice from Make-A-Wish America who has helped me countless times when I have had database questions! People rarely look like you think they will, huh?
I am writing this from my hotel room in Dallas and I look forward to seeing everyone in the office on Monday. It feels like I have been away from the office for weeks and I hope I didn’t miss out on too much! I did miss the Walk For Wishes – but I hear that they were amazing and raised quite a bit of money to help grant wishes to the kids of Maine.
Here’s to a clean database, Texas BBQ, and coming home sweet home!