It’s the week we celebrated and remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and we also inaugurated our new (returning) President of the United States.
Both of these important celebrations took place on the same day this year and caused me to ponder what MY dreams are for the year ahead and the future of my work in the third sector or as I like to refer to us, the social profit sector.
My dream is simple: That this year you find all of the resources of time, talent, and dollars to support the important work you are doing to save and change lives.
As a former development director and executive director I know firsthand that it can often feel like we don’t have a clear path to access all the resources it takes to do our important work. We rush from meeting to meeting, we are let down by well-meaning board members and other volunteers, or we get handed a much larger “goal” than we have the capacity to reach.
But, I believe that when young and old, men and women, children and adolescents; when all of us DO something to support each other, share our wisdom and resources with each other, and “even out” the playing field for each other, that is when “enough” can find its way to us. I’ve watched it happen over and over, organizations that had very few or no donors raise thousands or millions in a short period of time.
They got clear about what impact the dollars would have, shared impactful stories, and support started to show up.
A favorite quote of mine from Dr. King is: “Faith is the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
When you don’t see the path this year I hope you’ll reach out.
I am happy to share resources with you (lots of my free templates and resources can be accessed by clicking here). I can also recommend websites, blogs, and other coaches who may be of help to you. Here are just a few that you may find helpful in reaching YOUR dream this year:
- Nonprofit Marketing Blog
- Beth’s Blog
- Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com
- Fired Up Fundraising
- Get Fully Funded
- Asking Matters
- Getting Attention
I have faith and a vision that this year we will ALL move closer to having the resources we need to do our important work.