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“Arriving at one goal is the starting point of another.” — John Dewey

Brighten up January by celebrating your accomplishments

The holiday decorations are down. All that remains of the festivities are a few odd cheeses in the back of the fridge. Some of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions, and we’re back at our desks. Sigh.  

Here’s an idea to brighten up the dreary month of January: set aside some time to review your accomplishments. In the fast-paced flow of day-to-day tasks that keep an organization on track, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture and under-estimate the real progress we’ve made. But when I looked back over a hectic and demanding year, I was surprised to realize we had made many significant steps toward larger goals.

Taking note of the ways your group has exceled, expanded, improved or averted disaster is not just an exercise in self-congratulation. It’s an important aspect of organizational assessment that can help to determine the best paths for the coming year.    

This year at PGC was marked by internal transformations as well as growth in our client base and sales area. Not all of it was glamorous or prize-winning. Not all accomplishments shine as milestones, and even those that do qualify as milestones can get lost in the weeds of daily struggles.  Reorganizing our company file structure, for example, did not make the holiday letter. But I’ll count it as a victory. More tangible achievements include increasing our client base and strengthening existing partnerships, bringing on a new Financial Manager for the company, adding a Business Development Manager for North and South Carolina, and expanding our office space. We capped off the year with the honor of being named the Business of the Month by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce here in Metro Atlanta.

Funding organizations appreciate the importance of bolstering infrastructure—keeping equipment in good order, up-grading tech systems, fixing the roof, or re-thinking administrative strategies.  This type of work shows that an agency is in it for the long haul. On-going maintenance is probably as critical for an organization’s success as a fancy new building or a fleet of new vehicles.  So, don’t forget to include these kinds of projects in your list of attainments. They create the groundwork for more spectacular future successes.

This year, as you are setting goals, take some time to recognize yourself and your colleagues for achievements large and small. Ask yourself and your board where your 2015 accomplishments are taking your organization and how you can build on them. Do they signal new directions? Help to realize long-term goals? Point to areas that need further improvement? Set the stage for future endeavors? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you convince funders that you are thinking strategically, that you understand how the brass tacks of organizational endeavor affect its capacity to create a meaningful impact.
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TechBridge is a nonprofit that drives community impact by bringing affordable technology and business expertise to other nonprofits. They've provided IT consulting and services to thousands of nonprofits, helping them harness the productivity gains long since enjoyed by the corporate sector, by connecting the needs of nonprofits with the skills and financial resources of the technology community.

They focus on technology enabling nonprofits that are on the frontline of alleviating the causes of poverty—lack of access to shelter, food, employment, education, healthcare, and financial literacy—to expand the impact of their mission for the 46.2 million men, women and children that are experiencing poverty. Their suite of products and services empowers nonprofits to better serve their community through the power of technology.

TechBridge is now accepting applications for the 2016 Technology Innovation Award given by Accenture. Three award finalists will be selected in April 2016 and invited to deliver a live presentation to the Technology Innovation Award Judging Panel. The winner will be announced at the TechBridge Digital Ball on May 7, 2016. The application period closes on February 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM. Visit their website to view the application.
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Creative Community Services

Creative Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs, and their families, by providing direct services and community-based support throughout the state of Georgia.

In 1982, Sally Buchanan founded Creative Community Services (CCS) to make life better for adults with developmental and emotional disabilities. The organization’s aim is to keep those with special challenges out of institutional facilities and give them what everyone deserves – the support of a loving, “foster” family. Over the past several years, support for community-based services has grown and CCS has seen increased success in individual consumers’ lives. Instead of catching children at the end of the spectrum who have failed their way through the system, CCS is preventing children from ever going into institutionalized placements.

With passion, dedication and hard work Sally and the CCS team continue to provide both children and adults hope by encouraging independent living that creates involved, engaged citizens and community members.
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