REMEMBERING OUR VALUES KEEPS US IN TOUCH WITH WHAT REALLY MATTERS
I was chatting with a
friend over breakfast recently and he was sharing with me his chagrin at
the amount of time he spends in administration of his charity,
especially with his board. He was concerned that 70% of his time was
admin and 30% actually working with the people he wanted to help.
I must say that he was
echoing sentiments that I have often felt. Last week while I was in
Managua we were setting up our new office; getting rid of old files,
setting up desks and file cabinets, setting up our training area and our
new reception area. And the meetings! Staff meetings, meetings with banks, meetings with lawyers and boards, accountants, bankers....
day-to-day management grind can drain the life out of remembering that
we are all about serving the needy.
these things are vitally important to running a successful and
prosperous charity. But that's not what it is all about! It is all
about when a woman coming up to us with tears in her eyes and saying,
"Thank you for remembering us, thank you for believing and having faith
in us. When no one else would take a risk, you took a risk on us."
You can't even imagine how pumped we feel as a staff when we hear this.
You see, it just reconfirms our core values; "People over Profit."
you again to all those who donated money to help us set up our new
office and buy the much needed furniture to set up shop!
|The home of a borrower|
|A children's program we support |
in San Benito
|Anita and Jahira|