ThanksgivingAmidst the usual challenges of managing a non profit and the added pressures of the economic climate, there are reasons to be thankful.

Thinking locally I’m most thankful for our non profit community.  Living in a town of around 100K, which is not a suburb, the nonprofits here do a good job of networking and working together.  As one example, thanks to a collaboration between the nonprofit center and local foundations, I was able to attain a certificate in nonprofit management at less than half the cost of what this would have been elsewhere.

Thinking globally I’m most thankful for, well, the internet.  The number of resources available today are extraordinarily larger than in pre-web days.  Every year technology becomes less expensive, so that nonprofits can afford the software, equipment and services that they need.  Idealware and Techsoup are two great resources that help nonprofits in the area of technology.

These are just two of the reasons to be thankful this year.  Here are several other writers who have been  reflecting on the idea of gratitude this Thanksgiving week:

Count Your Blessings by Sandy Rees, Get Fully Funded Blog

A Thanksgiving Message from Top School Fundraisers Jim Berigan reflects on volunteering at his children’s school

14 Reasons to Be Thankful for Athletic Charity Events by Carrie Hill, Charity Mile

Reasons for Gratitude from Marilyn Noble, Charity Mile

The Power of Gratitude by Lori Rice, Charity Mile

The Myth About Batman by Chris Brogan

A Time to Give Thanks from Heroes Heartbeat, the blog of Heroes for Children

Running for a reason this Thanksgiving by Beth Lingard, FirstGiving blog

The “Giving” in Thanksgiving from the Agitator

Posted on 28 November 2008

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