It is hard to believe that The Alliance has celebrated its second year anniversary. What an amazing experience it has been so far. It seems like just yesterday that we embarked on this incredible journey, committed to strategically bringing “both sides of the coin” – philanthropy and nonprofits – together, to serve, build capacity and foster collaboration in Mississippi.
In 2020 we were presented with a number of challenges in the form of an unprecedented global health crisis, social crises, and severe weather events. We have talked a lot about those issues, but perhaps we have not spoken enough about what was accomplished in spite of them. You’ll get a glimpse of the Alliance’s accomplishments in a sneak peek at the upcoming Annual Report for 2020.
We know our accomplishments are directly connected to your accomplishments, so we salute you for persevering along with us through the challenges. The work you do every day to produce positive change for children, families, and communities is vital to your local citizens, to Mississippi, and to the Nation. It is an honor to know you and work with you.
In the spirit of celebrating our work with philanthropy and nonprofits, let me remind you that April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week. Every day I am reminded of the powerful, essential work of volunteers in Mississippi and beyond. In fact, none of us could succeed if not for the volunteers that contribute to our organizations. In honor of National Volunteer Week, the White House issued a proclamation. Here is an excerpt:
We are living in a moment that calls for hope and light, and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another. Volunteers provide all three. Service — the act of looking out for one another — is part of who we are as a Nation. Our commitment to service reflects our understanding that we can best meet our challenges when we join together.
This week, we recognize the enduring contributions of our Nation’s volunteers and encourage more Americans to join their ranks. When more Americans step forward to serve, it renews our sense of community and strengthens our democracy. Acts of service unite people from different backgrounds and allow us to truly see and hear one another.
A big piece of our collective work lies ahead in truly seeing and hearing one another. Let’s make 2021 a year when we truly learn, share and collaborate with each other, so the quality of life for ALL citizens is enhanced. I look forward to working with you all.
All the best,
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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.