We’re in the midst of a fall fundraiser campaign. Believe it or not, that is not the reason for this blog post.
Fundraising campaigns show me something in a very tangible way – how fortunate we are to have a group of people who keep showing up for us and the work we are doing in this complicated world we are living. I can honestly say that every time we have a campaign, event or fundraiser – you all rally to help.
This is such a huge blessing – on a number of levels. Yes, your generosity helps us to do the work we are called to do in the world; but beyond that – your commitment and belief in our work is such a blessing. Time and time again, the many people who support HBI show me that we are a big family.
This week we had a member of the founding Board of Directors of HBI step down. After 14 years, and countless meetings, subcommittees and fundraiser events – Dr. Natasha Polensek is stepping down from her official duties. She is one of five founding Board members – the others include: Lee Centrone, Maggie Hendrix, Micheal Dotten and Stacy Hall. All these individuals have given hundreds of hours of their time, energy and expertise to our work. They have helped to shape and craft our very existence. They have helped to guide our future. And, most of all they have shown me that the only way anything will ever move from the notion of a good idea to the implementation of an actual impact is with dedicated people.
I am honored to be surrounded by so many amazing people – our staff, supporters, stakeholders and partners. People who give so much to our work; and people who are making a real difference in the world every day.