Why development? Why fundraising? Why planning? Why thinking? Why debating? Why implmenting? Why deliberating? Why evaluating? Why investing? Why? Looking back on the year, using the notes in our journal, here’s what comes to mind.

It’s about:

people
respect
relationships
commitment
purpose
trust
change

(it’s not about us)
(it’s not about our organization)
(it’s not about the money)

rough starts
smooth transitions
fast pivots
slow results
tough choices

openness
risk
vulnerability
perseverance

retaining hope
constructing
honoring values
rebuilding
following principles

embracing opportunity
respecting boundaries
meeting challenges
quick judgements
small wins
gradual momentum
perspective

(it’s not about us)
(it’s not about our organization)
(it’s not about the money)

hard work
concentration
shared burdens

soft launches
uncertainty
big shocks
effective imperfection
shifiting realities
humane efficiency

sustaining
reflecting
maintaining
deconstructing
adaptability
redirecting
expanding
improving
flexibility
enhancing
reinforcing

(it’s not about us)
(it’s not about our organization)
(it’s not about the money)

sorting the usable from the unnecessary
washing bad ideas
rinsing excess content
drying soggy concepts
ironing wrinkles
folding big requests into manageable packages

doing it again when it works
doing it again when it fails
honoring community
appreciating the experience to what needs to be done