Webinar: 2020 in Hindsight and Looking Forward to 2021
December 8, 2020
Representatives from local nonprofit and philanthropic organizations met to review 2020 and ring in 2021. What a year it’s been! And, we were very excited to announce several new resources and opportunities for 2021.
GuideStar Local – Rochelle Williams with the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation talked about how helpful it’s been for them to have a platinum rating and how useful it is to be able to look up different nonprofits on the guide. NPA has purchased full access for Greenville County organizations on their website. Click here for our GuideStar Local, and click here to create or upgrade your organization’s profile.
Community Exchange – Katy Smith thanked Jason Johnson at the Warehouse Theatre for setting up a community exchange where we can share information with each other. Take a look here…
Equity work – Jessica Sharp discussed the opportunities available for nonprofits and funders to consider equity within their missions. You can click here to let Jessica know you are interested in exploring DEI work with your board. Debbie Bell with SC Children’s Theatre shared how meaningful her organization’s experience in working with Jessica was. We are also relaunching the 21 day equity challenge in January 2021 – click here if you’d like to register to receive information.
Shine the Light – Adaptive Leadership – Debbie Nelson shared the schedule for 2021’s sessions on adaptive leadership, a framework that can reshape how leaders approach challenges with no easy answers. Click here to register.
Reflections and anticipations – During the meeting, all participants were asked to share their highs and lows from 2020, what they’ve learned, and their hopes for 2021 in a survey. We now invite all members of the nonprofit community to please take a look and share whatever moves you – don’t feel pressured to respond to all questions, but please do so if you have ideas and thoughts to share!
Angela Hurks, CEO and Founder of Step by Step Ministry Hope Project, and Bob Morris, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Greenville, both shared reflections with attendees.
Angela said her calling was named in the Bible in Ezekiel 22:30: “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” She has made it her mission to stand in the gap, and thanked nonprofits and funders on the call for doing the same for their stakeholders and community members.
Bob shared a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that he feels best describes the work of nonprofits, funders, and NPA and GPP:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”