Once I had a prized coffee mug, hand-crafted by my brother-in-law. Mmm, I loved how my aeroPress coffee tasted in that mug.
One morning, I pressed too hard and my mug broke to pieces. I thought there was nothing I could do to salvage it, so I sadly threw it in the trash.
Life is like that sometimes, isn’t it? Sometimes our lives crumble under pressure and we feel discarded, thrown away like my beautiful mug.
I thought about what people do in Japan to fix their broken items: they fill the cracks of their broken things with gold. Not only does its strength hold broken pieces together, it also adds profound beauty to the item that was broken. After this realization, I did what any enlightened person would do and dug my mug out of the trash bin.
It’s likely your nonprofit began to do good work in this world–work that responds to some of the brokenness you’ve seen or experienced by patching up the cracks and crevices with strength and beauty.
Over the past 17 years, I have started, worked for, and overseen several small to medium-sized nonprofits. When I first started out, I didn’t know how to operate a nonprofit business. I searched for resources but they were mostly geared for large, existing nonprofits, not for the needs of the organization I was trying to establish. We had a young and inexperienced team with few financial resources, but we were united with a passion for making a difference that would rival any large nonprofit. We did eventually figure it out, but it seemed like we were spending more time learning how to run an organization than we were serving the people we were called to serve.
In other words, it wasn’t a good use of time.
Join our Loving Venti community and we will walk with you.
~ Catherine (Draeger) Pederson, Founder of Loving Venti, LLC.
Loving Venti, LLC. is a consulting practice, specifically focused on small-to-medium sized nonprofits, that fills organizational cracks so that nonprofits can serve to their fullest capacity.
We want to live in a world where neighbor loves neighbor and nonprofits are no longer needed.