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March has been a real whirlwind for our team at YouGiveGoods. We have spent much of the month introducing our online drive system to various nonprofits and corporate giving professionals at some of the biggest philanthropy conferences of the year. It's been a pleasure meeting so many with a similar passion for giving.

Our first conference of 2015 was the ACCP Annual Conference on Corporate Contributions from March 8 to 11 in Nashville, TN. As exhibitors at this event, we were thrilled to mingle with corporate contributions professionals from all over the country. Our discussions yielded common themes: overcoming the challenges of growing innovative giving programs, increasing employee engagement, and improving reporting even using limited resources.

The highlight of the event was a raucous country music performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium. What a great way to start our busy conference season!

Next, we were onto the Charities@Work 2015 Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship from March 23 to 25 in NYC. Here we met yet another enthusiastic group of professionals working diligently to stay on the leading edge of our ever-evolving field of corporate philanthropy.

We were proud to have our President, Lisa Tomasi, act as a presenter in the panel session entitled, “Technologists or Futurists? Leveraging Technology for Innovative Engagement”. Lisa shared important information on emerging trends and technology in employee engagement; and on ways for companies to access and effectively utilize giving and engagement data in order to grow corporate giving programs.

Today, we find ourselves at the final conference of our spring season, AFP’s 2015 International Fundraising Conference from March 29 to 31 in Baltimore, MD. This will be the largest event we attend all year with an expected 2500 attendees and 300 exhibitors!

This past Saturday, we loaded our boxes and hit the road again, ready to talk with some of the biggest changemakers in the nonprofit arena. We are looking forward to meeting many nonprofit professionals, learning more about their challenges and needs and finding out ways YouGiveGoods can assist in their work. So, please come by and visit us at booth 107!

We've spent a lot of time and energy preparing for our own version of March Madness, so it is with some sadness that we watch it draw to a close. But after the last of the conferences wind down, and we head back home to our work, we'll do so reinvigorated by new insights; and inspired by the passion of all those that we've had the pleasure of meeting along the way.

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