As another year comes to an end, my guess is that we will all stop at least for a few moments to reflect on our personal and professional lives – both to celebrate accomplishments and to recommit ourselves to addressing remaining challenges. Taking time to reflect is especially important this year. It helps us stay focused on current and future priorities. More importantly, it allows us to recognize that good things are being achieved even in a global pandemic. Because of the work you do in this state, children, families, and communities are better off – for that, we are grateful! Even though the pandemic caused all of us to adjust the services offered through our organizations and change to a virtual environment rather than our historical face-to-face interactions, we all continued to make a difference. However, we did learn that change, whether anticipated or not, is inevitable and that by being flexible and staying focused on priorities, we can not only survive change, but we can thrive during the change.
The Alliance, like most of you, adjusted and grew its membership and services. Because we all have by necessity learned lessons during the past year, we thought it worthwhile to devote an issue of The Ally to the change experience – the successes and challenges we have experienced.
I hope that by sharing our own experience, you will learn something you didn’t previously know and that you will pause long enough to recognize and celebrate your success. We welcome your insights, thoughts, and comments. And, as always, we thank you for what you do!
We wish you the most wonderful holiday season ever!
The Alliance enters this season of reflection and gratitude, deeply appreciative of the support from our many members, supporters, and friends.
The Phil Hardin Foundation in Meridian was chartered in 1964 with the charge to “improve the education of Mississippians.” For nearly six decades, we have strived to be a catalyst for educational opportunity and community improvement in Mississippi through innovative leadership and productive partnerships.
This summer, I joined thought leaders from Mississippi and across the country in the FutureGood Studio’s futurism training program. It was transformational. This experience redefined my outlook, both professionally as a nonprofit leader and on a personal level. It fundamentally altered the way I approach work and staff engagement and envision the future for both myself and the clients we serve.