It was a chilly winter day yesterday and this French blue pansy, chilled to its petals, had aged considerably overnight. It looks a bit like tissue paper with its deep wrinkles and alternating shades of light and dark colors. The wrinkles remind me of the rippled rows of my mother’s beloved mountains that spread out across the valley where she lives. But, no matter what it resembles, its colors are gorgeous. I live for those colors!
This post is really about nothing. After 30 minutes of exhaustive writing about this or that, I’ve ended up with nothing to say except this: You have to write a lot of crap about nothing to get a good idea (and sometimes you may get nothing).
You’ll want to give up because it’ll seem like a waste of time. But the more cylinders your brain has the more power and smoother the engine will run to get you somewhere in the vicinity of a good idea.
“What would it take,” someone within an organization asked me the other day, “to raise $10 million by the year 2016 to treat 16,000 children with clubfoot in several developing countries?”It’d be tough as hell to achieve, I’m thinking, but it is possible (for this organization).
Even though the organization is young (2 years old), it’s good at making new friends. It has over 1000 donors. It’s good at setting goals. It has a development plan. It has the tools, materials and the skills. It has significant funds set aside to build and diversify its fundraising program. It also has the administrative leadership.
But what else will it take? It’ll take, for one, a bigger board to increase its capacity to raise that much money. It’ll take, for another, name recognition. The truth is there are no shortcuts to get to the $10 million. It’ll take introductions, time, money, determination, persistence, creativity to spark the imagination and the faith that it can be done to get you there.