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Working with other community foundations makes for better giving days for us all, and the nonprofits we serve.
Before she bids goodbye to a long career in philanthropy, our Donor Services Officer reflects on her life's work.
What did the CEO of an Australian community foundation learn when she travelled to the California capital area to study Big Day of Giving?
I slammed on my brakes when a large bird crash-landed in front of my car. Grateful I had not been rear-ended by the car behind me, and that the flapping bird was still alive, I pulled over to see if there was anything I could do for the poor thing.
Last Friday marked my tenth day as the Foundation’s new Marketing Associate. It also marked the release of the Foundation’s BIG Day of Giving Report to the Community—so while all of my new colleagues reminisced about the exhausting, exhilarating day they had at the Foundation’s “BIG DoG Command Center” on May 5, I was remembering the day from a slightly different perspective: that of a nonprofit staff member.
A few years ago, I made some pretty impactful lifestyle changes in an attempt to be healthier. It was more than just eating healthier or moving my body – everything I did became a conscious decision to be better and stronger. I eliminated a lot of things, but added a lot, too. One of those additions was that I began to run.
Last year during the Arts Day of Giving, it seemed like everyone was buzzing about the unknown yet top-performing Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corpsthat came out of nowhere and raised $16,000 and won $3,000 in prizes. Naturally, we wanted to see which new unknown organization would rise up and do very well during the BIG Day of Giving. At least from my perspective, that nonprofit was undoubtedly the Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL).
Orchestrating the BIG Day of Giving was a monstrous task. If I was to use this post to outline every step, every task, every meeting, it would no longer be a blog post, but a long and tedious novel – so I will spare you! While I and the team at the Foundation took these tasks head on, it certainly could not have happened without collaboration. I have heard people say how collaboration is hard, or that it’s easier to just do it all yourself. While there might be some nuggets of truth in those statements, I have to say that I don’t truly believe it – or rather – I refuse to. Collaborating, in all its forms, was one of the most rewarding aspects of working on the BIG Day of Giving.
As our region is preparing for the BIG Day of Giving on May 6th, I am checking out nonprofit profiles on the GivingEdge. I wanted to find one that personally connected with my life, and I found an organization that is now at the top of my list – ALS Association of Greater Sacramento Chapter.
Each time I step onto my yoga mat, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the wisdom that created the practice for all – the teachers who guide me through and the students who share the journey. Yoga has seen me through life’s transitions, and it is always there when I have the grace to accept it.
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