I stepped in as an un-official photographer for the Association of Nonprofit Specialists’ networking happy hour in lieu of a sick friend. The Association needed someone to take photos and chat with attendees between shots. While I am by no means a professional (although anyone with an iPhone seems to think differently these days), I have attended a few networking events myself, and I thought I knew exactly what to expect. Wrong. I was thoroughly impressed with the night, and with ANS’ ability to seamlessly bring non-profiteers and consultants together.
The organization was well represented by the Association’s acting board members, and it was visible how proud they were to be a part of this group. It spoke volumes to me about this organization to see that type of comradery between those members.
Not only was I impressed with the representation of the leaders, I had fun! It was very easy to chat with everyone in the room. No awkward lulls or standing alone by myself. All attendees were very friendly, forthcoming about themselves, and business cards flowed freely. There were long-time supporters and participants of the Association, but also first-time newbies like me. I learned ANS is growing and offers educational opportunities like the upcoming May Nonprofit Consultants Institute two-day conference event.
As a young professional in the nonprofit sector, I appreciate opportunities like what ANS is offering because it puts me in touch with individuals I would never meet in my daily routine. I’m looking forward to more of these events and cultivating the contacts I made at this event.
– Danielle Gallagher of the Center Against Domestic Violence