Where do you get your non-profit inspiration?

einsteinFor two days this week, I’ve been holed up in a little room interviewing donors, community leaders, and collaborative partners as part of an organizational assessment project. When you work in a small room for an extended period of time, you tend to notice every little thing. It was during this time that I found inspiration literally painted on the walls, which got me wondering where you and your non-profit organization gets its inspiration?

Today’s post is short and sweet because I am limited in time. I thought that I’d share some of the inspirational quotes painted on the walls of the room where I conducted interviews.

Hope is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson

dr seuss

When you fish for love,
Bait with your heart, not your brain.
~Mark Twain

Today you are you,
That is truer than true.
There is no one youer than you.
~Dr. Deuss

Promise me you’ll always remember,
You’re braver than you believe,
And stranger than you seem,
And smarter than you think.
~Winnie the Pooh

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
~Albert Einstein

winnie the poohI know that today’s post is a little different from the typical DonorDreams blog post, but working in that small room surrounded by those quotations got me wondering:

  • Do you have a favorite quotation that you turn to for inspiration when things get tough at your agency?
  • How do you surround yourself, your employees and clients with inspiration?

Please use the comment box below to share your thoughts and experiences.

Here’s to your health!

Erik Anderson
Founder & President, The Healthy Non-Profit LLC

About DonorDreams

Erik got his start working in the non-profit field immediately upon graduation with his masters degree in 1994. His non-profit management and fundraising experience numbers nearly 20 years. His teachable point of view around resource development is influenced by the work of Penelope Burk and those professionals subscribing to a "donor centered" paradigm. Donors have dreams and it is our responsibility to be dream-makers because donors are not ATMs.

Posted on November 1, 2013, in leadership, nonprofit and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account balance was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

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