This I know for sure…
Posted on: February 24, 2021 at 11:29 am

“For sure” is not as predictable as it used to be, that’s for sure!  2020 threw all of us for a loop and as we come into 2021, we hope that things will change for the better.  However, I believe normalcy may be slower than we had hoped. 

As we all attempt to navigate our lives to get back to pre-pandemic status and the recent post winter storm chaos, we can’t help but think of those whose lives have been turned upside down from losing a loved one, a job, a home or a combination of things.  As nonprofit professionals, our clients are still there and that has not changed.  The need is possibly greater than before, and some donors may take pause during this time of uncertainty. 

I do know this for sure:  citizens of this country are the most philanthropic in the world and always step up in times of crisis.  I also know that nonprofits are at the center of crisis management.  This fact gives us unique opportunities to pull together and thrive using resources and expertise to assist in helping our communities realize hope.  This may be from volunteering at a Food Bank, assisting at a vaccination site, or taking calls at a mental health crisis center. 

Being in Austin among strong, passionate nonprofit professionals who exemplify the philanthropic spirit, I’m assured of the work being done to help make this community continue to be vibrant and supported.  Creating and maintaining meaningful relationships with clients, donors and friends continue through these hard times.  Obviously, with COVID-19, these ongoing challenges keep us up at night, just to name a few: 

  1. The continued high cost of living
  2. Food deserts for the underserved communities
  3. Homelessness
  4. Inequity of education and healthcare
  5. Getting our hospitality industry back to work!

As a native Texan, I am proud to be from a state with a can-do and will-do attitude for those who live here or desire to.  Built on dreams to make the lives of families better, citizens see opportunities, through hard work, beneficial for themselves and those who come after them.   Those values and principles have been passed down through generations and are the backbone of our work.  

Let’s be a light in 2021 for those we serve.  Inspire giving and generosity as we go through this together.  Continue to put our community first and work to improve the lives of others for today, and those who come after.  This I know for sure will be accomplished!