Last week we held our second annual EMPOWERED user conference, a huge success with nearly every single customer in attendance. More importantly, it was three days of connections, conversations, and camaraderie centered around ways to help our clients optimize their grantmaking process.

Throughout our time together, a few truths resonated with me; we all learn best from one another and sharing our experiences aid in the success of all.  And the best part, we are part of an inclusive club…one that ultimately helps millions.

Chantal Forster, Executive Director of Technology Association of Grantmakers, said it best during her keynote, “We find ourselves in a defining moment where we can serve as a transformative vector in world of philanthropy.” I could not agree more.

To our current clients, if you were unable to attend this year, I encourage you to visit GOlearn, our learning management system. A recording of each session and presentation is there along with additional resources and rich content on the various topics we discussed.

And be sure to mark your calendars for next year. Hosted on July 26-28, 2022, we are planning an in-person event in Minneapolis. A free event, we simply ask you to get here, and we’ll take care of the rest.

I look forward to continuing the momentum we built last week as we strive to make philanthropy even better.

John Long

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