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Time has come today...
Well, the day has finally come for my last news alert to all of you. After today I am officially semi-retired. What that means is I will no longer be Director of Communication and Learning. I will, however, continue to work to move Oregon Unlimited forward through the end of 2014 and help with the transition of the new communication director when that day comes.
I want to share a couple of photos of an event here in the office yesterday, where my colleagues bid me goodbye, sharing stories and memories (some were quite outlandish, as the first photo with Sally Yee and Cathie Glennon illustrates and please note the Project Runway unconventional materials challenge cape that Aisha McCoy made me in the background), dressing in ridiculously bright colors with pink in their hair on my behalf, and referencing my history as child of the 60s and pre-disco 70s (so well represented by Doug Stamm in the second photo). I was so very touched by the amazing efforts so many made to bid me adeiu. It's very hard to say goodbye, but then I'm not really saying goodbye all the way. Which makes it easier.
Naturally, I wrote a blog post oversharing why I am retiring now and what is going on inside my head and heart. READ MORE
And naturally, we have even more news to share:
- Today two job postings at Meyer Memorial Trust go live: One is for Director of Communication, the other for Director of Human Resources. READ MORE
- Nonprofit Finance Fund is conducting its sixth annual nationwide survey of the nonprofit sector, and we hope you will help ensure that your organization is represented. The survey is anonymous, takes just 10 minutes and sheds light on important financial and management issues facing the nonprofit sector. View previous years' findings here. To take the 2014 survey, GO HERE
- If you want to see some great examples of storytelling to convey the importance of your organization's work, check out this website launched by Coalition for A Livable Future As CLF puts it, "the stories we collected are powerful reminders of the challenges people face every day, as well as their richness, diversity and resilience." CHECK OUT THE STORIES
- GrantCraft has published Blueprint 2014 and it is available for free download from its website. This is the much anticipated annual report by Lucy Bernholz that makes predictions and identifies big shifts that will matter for philanthropy in the coming year. In addition to the full report from GrantCraft, you can read a summary Lucy wrote for Stanford Social Innovation Review.
So it's time to say goodbye in this form. I hope you read my blog post to learn more about my time at MMT and the message I'd like to send everyone. It has weirdly felt like you readers are my friends, even though I haven't met most of you and I did way too much of the talking. I so appreciated the times I met some of you and you gave me encouraging words. I opened my heart and just talked with you here like I would in person because we want you to know we are with you and are just like you, working to make a better way for all of us. I would love to stay in touch if you are so inclined...my parting blog post includes a link to my personal blog where I will continue to be me.
Often in this space I ended by sharing interesting things I thought you might find useful, sometimes reading material, sometimes entertaining videos, sometimes things that filled me with wonder. At this age, I find myself marveling at how much has changed over my lifetime, especially at how fast the pace of change is now. I like thinking about the future and trying to prepare for it. So I'm going to share one last thing: It's a manifesto called We, the Web Kids, by Piotr Czerski. I think everyone should read it. It will help us better understand and contribute to what lies ahead. READ WE, THE WEBKIDS
That's it. I'm out.