As 2012 came to an end and 2013 began, we all experienced the annual ritual of looking back and looking ahead.
For me, as a mother and a philanthropy professional, I have been struck by two recent experiences that are shaping my thinking and challenging me to make more of a difference in 2013.
In the 1990s, Jackie and I were peers as Vice Presidents for Institutional Advancement, she at Ancilla College and me at Saint Mary-of-the Woods College. And, JGA worked with Ancilla College to conduct a feasibility study to prepare for a campaign. (Learn more about feasibility studies and download the tip sheet.)
Seeing Jackie use her talents on a national level challenges me to think about how I am acting locally to spur national and global change, especially for women and girls.
Recently, a long-time friend and colleague, Kristy Brown, transitioned from her 22 year career in advancement at Franklin College to join the fundraising team for COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association).
In learning about Kristy’s new position, I learned that COTA was founded in the 1985 by the parents of a critically ill child who needed an organ transplant that they could not afford without the help of philanthropy. Having gone through this experience, they went beyond their own personal situation and founded COTA which has now supported more than 1,900 children and raised more than $65 million to fund organ transplants.
Their personal experience created an organization that is making a lasting impact on so many lives. Learning about this story challenges me to look beyond my own personal situation and ask where I can make a bigger impact.
Our clients do this every day when they ask us to conduct a development audit to understand their current base of support and to examine how they can broaden that support to engage more support to make a greater impact (Download the tip sheet on development audits.)
When I googled the phrase “2013 trends for women”, the results were fashion and beauty trends – and even a list of 13 fashion trends that experts hope would die out (I did not review this list in great detail for fear that my closet is full of fashion don’ts!)
My start to the New Year, as noted above, is focused on the trends of leadership and impact and hope you will join me in this focus for 2013. What is challenging you in 2013 and who is inspiring you to rise to the challenge?