"The sky isn’t falling, but the cavalry isn’t coming either," said Anne Camp (Nonprofit Association of the Midlands) recently. "Some of us were hoping that the hugely wealthy in our area would step up and give a lot more. Well, that didn’t happen, and now we’re all starting to get used to the new normal," she went on, referring to the economy.
Here in the U.S. we keep calling it an "economic downturn," while the rest of the world calls it a "global economic crisis." Whichever it is, we know we’re on a steep uphill hike for ten miles . . . and we have to set a reasonable pace that we can maintain for the full distance. Alternatively, we may need to "bet the organization" on a high-impact gamble: take a big risk that will either pay off in mission and in finances, or at least let us flame out with a big bang and a big message.Â
Someone once described the following as the "Four Commandments": 1. Show up. 2. Pay attention. 3. Do your best. 4. Let go. Working and volunteering in community nonprofits is more than a job or a hobby: it’s making a commitment to a cause much greater than ourselves. We will show up; we will pay attention; we will do our best. And at least for a few moments now and then, we’ll let go.
This issue we have "Ten Ways to Invigorate Board Meetings," an unusual take on Alcoholics Anonymous, Ask Rita on the issue of tattoos and body art at work, and we launch some experimental Blue Avocado webinars. We enjoyed putting this issue together.
The end of summer is supposed to be a lazy, carefree time . . . but it’s also the time we realize how many things need to get done in the fall. Oh, to be living in a pineapple under the sea (with SpongeBob and friends), singing merrily without a care in the world. Oh well. — Jan Masaoka