AASP: Nerd Heaven
During my presentation at the Association of Advancement Services Professionals Summit, I asked the 35 or so people in the room to raise their hands if they would ever want to be a major gift officer. Not a single hand went up!
This was a room, and a conference, full of people who love data. I would certainly recommend this organization and conference to other Advancement Services professionals.
One of AASP's first major initiatives is collecting best practices in the field -- the first coordinated effort to do so. Maybe this will end the perennial arguments over the proper length of time between receiving a donation and receipting it, and other such advancement services controversies.