How do you eat an Elephant?
One bite at a time! I don't ever plan to eat an elephant, but it's still sage advice for anyone taking on an "elephant sized" project. I've been in the charitable sector most of my adult life. I've volunteered for charities, I served as Executive Director of a charity for sixteen years, I was employed by a charity overseas, I sit on the board of a charity, I was employed as Manager of Executive Projects for a charity, and now I begin the journey of starting a charity from scratch.
Starting a Charity
With more than twenty years of experience under my belt, starting a charity should be a cake walk, right? I wish. The experience I've gained definitely gets me out of the starting gate and onto the right path, but it doesn't get me to the finish line. It fills me with just enough confidence to believe I can actually take this on. This "elephant sized" project of starting a charity that will serve young adults in South Africa.
How many years does it take to become a charity expert? Probably at least as long as it would take to eat an elephant. After twenty years of living, eating and breathing charity - leadership, fundraising, administration, staffing, visioning, development, growth and so on, I'm still not an expert. It's a vast field and requires a spirit of entrepreneurialism, perseverance, and a willingness to learn from others, books, courses, and websites, etc.
I'm inviting you to join me on this journey, to fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a bumpy ride. I'm committed to sharing openly and honestly, so we can learn together. If there's one thing I've learned about charity work, there's no clear cut path. It's never a straight line from here to there. It takes lots of creativity and willingness to flexible, and I mean the double jointed kind of flexible. It can be a bit of a roller coaster of sorts, but twenty years has proven to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, it's worth it!
The Art of Charity
I've called this blog "The Art of Charity" because well, starting, building, and successfully leading a charity, is definitely an art form. Let's create some art together. Not the kind of art you display on a wall, but the kind that changes lives, one life at a time, and makes our world a better place for all.