From October 19th until October 22nd, our SmartSimple sales team got to hang out with the movers and shakers of the community foundations world at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations.
Symbolically hosted in Cleveland, Ohio – the birthplace of the community foundation – by the Council on Foundations, this conference celebrated 100 years of people working together to create dynamic local neighbourhoods. First conceived as a notion by Frederick Goff in 1914, his ground-breaking initiative, the Cleveland Foundation, was developed to inspire people to take charge and develop communities they were proud to call home. Since then, millions of people around the world have become active in improving and building their neighbourhoods, from Germany to New Zealand and from Mozambique to Egypt.
Alas, this year’s event marked the final Fall Conference for Community Foundations, so we’re glad we were able to attend. The SmartSimple booth, located on the second floor of the Cleveland Convention Center, had a good deal of traffic, giving both Gary Modin and Bennett Schwab, our Directors of Business Development, an opportunity to meet and greet old colleagues and new.
“One of the reasons I love attending these events is not only for the opportunity to introduce the power of SmartSimple’s web-based software to people who have never tried our products, but to talk to current clients and hear how well SmartSimple is working for them and their teams. It makes me feel absolutely fantastic, knowing we’re really helping grant makers streamline their processes and engage their applicants and grantees,” says Bennett.
We still have a few events lined up before the end of 2014. This week, we’re attending the inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Summit in Toronto on October 29th and 30th, then it’s off to Chicago for our first ever SmartSimple Community Conference, in partnership with Chicago Community Trust on Wednesday, November 5th. Be sure to also look for us at the TAG 2014 Annual Conference being held in Aventura, Florida from November 10th to November 13th!