Surviving Spring Unscathed: YNPN's Got You Covered

Hey You Moss-Shunning Greenhorn,

How was your vernal equinox? Did that confrontation between the forces of lightness and darkness play out in your nonprofit life too?

Has it been a time of (grant request) renewal and (professional goal) resurrection? Feeling re-awakened (in your quest for unduplicateds)? A time of self-realization (that your annual salary increase has never not come with an apology attached)?

Whether or not the sun’s journey mirrored your own, it’s been hard to ignore the signs that spring has sprung. What thoughts are trawling our brains? We’ve been all navel-gazy reflecting on the role decay, growth, and change are playing in our orgs and careers right now.

“If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” -Miles Davis

“S/He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”  -Harold Wilson

“Age is not all decay, it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.” – George MacDonald

Is your umpteenth anniversary event prompting a fresh look at how to innovate for deeper mission impact? Does the thought of a multi-decade career for one dot org, fighting for an elusive cause give you pause? Is it time to take a harder look at whether what we’re doing is getting the job done?

Vexing thoughts but confronting the light and the dark sides of our work feels appropriate right now. It’s about figuring out how to use any darkness to create light. Maybe your foggy boss finally prompts a new job search. A struggle to evaluate outcomes triggers a program overhaul.  A depressing client case renews an advocacy initiative. Out of decay, fresh growth.

In these days of increasing light, we gotta ask, who’s down for some husk-bursting?

Hasta Pronto Springtides,


PS- Don’t miss our L(a)unchtime speaker series event April 28th, featuring local architect of radiant change and nonprofit ninja of the highest order, Encompass CEO Monica Martinez.