Category Archives: Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again when we give thanks to those things in our lives that give us pleasure and comfort and being grateful for our family and friends. While I am always grateful for those people who enrich my life, I wanted to provide some levity and offer up 5 things I am most grateful for this year:

  1. Caffeine – Not only does this keep the juices flowing, but also ensures that I can stay focused and able to do my job.
  2. Babysitters and kind neighbors – They allow me to attend off-hours events and participate in community activities when we don’t have other childcare options.
  3. Grammarly – Helping me avoid huge grammatical errors and oversights in my writing when the caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet.
  4. Chocolate – It is the perfect complement to a bad day or to celebrate a victory.
  5. Great books and podcasts – Whether to inform or provide some kind of escapism, they always serve a critical function in my life and are very much appreciated.

What are you grateful for this year?


While this time of year is always fraught with multiple deadlines, activities, holiday gatherings and efforts to complete work before 2017 has ended, I am going to think about this year differently. Have you thanked some of the unsung heroes that help ensure our safety? What about donors and funders who don’t provide huge gifts, but give annually? What about all of those people within the organization that are responsible for critical functions, but are not recognized for their service? While it is easy to thank major donors and funders, we should also think about those whose efforts indirectly (or sometimes directly) help us achieve our goals.

I urge you to write a letter (maybe even enclose a photo), make a phone call, make a donation or do some work pro bono. While we put our efforts towards funding retention and fund seeking, we should also be aware of the lessons we can learn from others.

Who will you thank today?