A big highlight of my one-day at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference was getting a chance to meet and chat at length with Chad Norman (@chadnorman) and Melanie Mathos (@melmatho), Blackbaud’s Internet Marketing dude and PR gal, respectively and authors of “101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits“.
Here’s a snippet of the wisdom this team had to offer at the conference today:
In March of 2008, we started TuDiabetes because we saw that too many people with diabetes were feeling isolated instead of benefiting from the shared experience they could have by connecting to other people touched by diabetes.
Today, Diabetes Hands Foundation‘s networks allow members to find support locally and globally. Our more than 23,000 members describe the TuDiabetes family as a lifeline, a source of guidance, a sanctuary, and even a college education! We proudly connect advocates, artists, dreamers, thinkers, and people touched by diabetes of all types so that all of us may live a more expansive life with diabetes.
I sit back and reflect on where we were five years ago and where we are now:
– I have learned to stay flexible, both about my diabetes (not pretending to be perfect) and in the way we do things on TuDiabetes and the Diabetes Hands Foundation (adapting to changing circumstances, challenges, and signals along the way).
– I am more hopeful than ever: I have had the opportunity to talk with (and share the conversations on video) with some of the world’s most brilliant minds working to make our lives better and one day have diabetes be a thing of the past.
– I have witnessed the power of social media beyond socializing: seeing how connected people touched by diabetes now feel better understood and more empowered. Who would have imagined this when MySpace was the big thing?
On our fifth birthday, please help us keep going strong in our mission to improve the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide.
If all members of TuDiabetes donate $5, we will raise more than $100,000. Our goal is less ambitious: we are seeking to raise $20,000 before the end of March. So we ask you to give us 5 dollars, or more if you can.
Thank you for your support! And here’s to another 5 years!
The presentation I will be doing next Wednesday at the AADE Annual Meeting 2011 in Las Vegas with Hope Warshaw (@HopeWarshaw), Amy Tenderich (@AmyDBMine) from DiabetesMine and David Edelman (@DavidTalk) from Diabetes Daily.