As I am reminded – no one has done this job at the Red Cross before. 500+ chapters, 7,000+ board members and me providing support, guidance and assistance.
As I was walking to work in one of these beautiful, dehumidified September days in DC – I realized we have the opportunity to start over every day, every hour even. Every conversation or meeting can be paused for a reset if needed.
Philanthropy is about mission, passion, relationships. Connecting those who want to give to programs and people they care about is how successful fundraising partnerships work. I don’t know a fundraiser who would tell a donor they “should” give or ask them to “give up” anything in order to support a program or organization.
Hurricane Sandy became Superstorm Sandy – largest storm impacting widest land mass ever. Today, the tornado in Moore Oklahoma today – with wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour is history making and devastating to the families and communities.
My dear friend in Chicago, Sarah A. Jolie posted this to her Facebook timeline today. I asked if I could share it, she agreed.
Today friends lay to rest their son/godson/brother/friend who lived 24 of his 25 years with cancer. He was an inspiration. Not just because of his survival, but because of the joy, humanity and resilience he embodied.
As I try to process all that is happening today, the theme has been RESPONDERS. Those who are keeping us safe, those who kept the cancer at bay, those who gave their coats to the runners even though they were cold themselves, those who brought meals to Andrew’s family so they could focus on being well, those who ran to the hospitals to give blood on monday, those who opened their homes in Texas because a neighborhood was gone, those who called to make sure everyone was okay (either on Monday or after one of Andrew’s many moments of battle), etc.
We are all (or can be) responders. We all must be. There are bad things that happen, but as Patton Oswalt said so well,
Just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.
Peace to you Andrew, to Boston, to Texas, to all of us and those in Boston in my life who are too numerous to name. Peace.
Not to be a Pollyanna…..In my heart, I prefer to focus positive energy on the healing, hope and thoughts for those impacted by the bombings.