Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle, NC Chapter

FailFest 2016

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Misteaks Happen – Join us for FailFest 2016
March 8, 2016

Free beer and mistakes often go hand-in-hand. But on March 8, the storied combination is going to look a little different than you might expect.

Triangle Community Foundation, BC/DC Ideas and Third Space Studio are delighted to present FailFest, an open-mic style event at Fullsteam Brewery for Triangle nonprofit leaders to share their stories of failure.

FailFest will be held at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. The first 50 people through the door will receive a free Fullsteam beer.

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We thought it was high time to raise a glass and celebrate failure! Everyone (yes, even Beyoncé) fails. But society views it as a dead end, the buzzer on a shot clock, the end of the road. FailFest is designed to help nonprofit leaders rethink failure and find ways to turn it into a valuable learning experience for their organizations and the community.


The event’s “star failures” – influential Triangle nonprofit leaders who have failed over the years and bounced back magnificently – Lori O’Keefe of Triangle Community Foundation, Meredith Emmett of Third Space Studio, and Erin Byrd of Blueprint NC will talk about the failures that helped shape their careers. There will also be a rapid-fire storytelling session with 5-minute failure stories from the N.C. Center, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Triangle NC, Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Triangle, and United Arts Council. Bring your own stories and share!