John Heywood, the 16th century English writer, once stated:
Many hands make light work.”
While Heywood might not have been the one to coin the phrase, he certainly helped preserve and popularize it. It’s a nice bit of common sense that we all need to be reminded of periodically.
For example, we can’t know everything. We can’t research an answer to every question by ourselves. We can’t read all of the professional publications to determine which items are of greatest importance or value.
That’s where LinkedIn Discussion Groups can help. By being part of a network of nonprofit managers and fundraising professionals, we can rely on the assistance of colleagues. In turn, we can also be of help.
Through LinkedIn, I’ve developed my professional relationships, broadened my professional network, made new friends, accessed valuable information I never would have on my own, had some of my questions answered, and much more. I’ve engaged in provocative conversations. I’ve learned a great deal. I’ve been inspired.
While I belong to 45 professional LinkedIn Groups that are excellent, there are only some I engage with regularly. Here are just ten of my favorites:
- CFRE International Network
- Development and Fundraising Professionals (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
- Institute of Fundraising
- Legacy / Estate / Gift Planning and Planned Giving Professionals
- Major and Planned Gift Marketers
- Non-Profit Management Professionals
- Nonprofit Professionals Forum
- On Fundraising – Official Group of AFP IHQ (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
- Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
- Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration
[Note: You might need to be logged into your LinkedIn account for the above links to work. Even then, if you have any problems with the links, you can simply search on the Group names I’ve listed.]
Now, let me tell you about my absolute favorite Group.
Just days ago, I have created a new LinkedIn Discussion Group: