It was an unfortunate twist of this crazy life that I attended the memorial service of a friend and peer this last week. She was an inspiring vivacious spirit, active in the non-profit community. It was her mission in life not to stagnate, and she was successful at that. I think those of us in the non-profit sector have a special responsibility toward non-stagnation. (Yes, I do believe I made up a word there) In a world where branding and selling are of utmost importance to keep margins stable and shareholders happy, we have a different goal. We long to be a solution, rather than simply a consumption. As such, it is easy to get stuck in a rut. After all, until our Mission Statements are rendered redundant, then we steadfastly march forward.
Or maybe it is our responsibility to be every bit as adaptable as for-profit corporations. Society is an ever-evolving organism that revolves around supply and demand. Demand itself can be an enigmatic Master, even for those with the best of intentions. Since we, as a Not For Profit, found a community with which we empathized and identified a need, we have an Answer in mind but our success is measured in service. For Out of the Gray, the answer is reinforcing and empowering Caregivers. But the question is what changes. Evolves, as resources change and evolve. With new technologies coming alongside government funding cut-backs, we are required to adapt if we want to remain useful.
So, Caregivers. What's my question today?