by Angela White
Somehow it seems like we were just worrying about Y2K bug as the calendar moved from 1999 to 2000 and here it is 13 years later is what seems to be a blink of an eye. I know…. time passes more quickly as you age; guilty as charged.
Nonetheless, as we embark on the New Year, many of us think about our New Year’s resolutions. I read that 45% of all New Year’s resolutions are about weight loss and exercise; guilty as charged. Research shows that people who make New Year’s resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't make resolutions.
So, as we begin 2013, I would like to challenge you to make a resolution to have an impact on a life, a cause, a ministry --- to make a resolution to use your time, talents, and treasures to make a difference.
If you are reading this blog, it is highly likely that you are already making an impact via your role in a nonprofit organization and perhaps at one of them that JGA has been privileged to serve over the years.
If not, you might want to check out Volunteer Match to discover places to share your time and talents. And, as in so many cases, your treasure follows your volunteer engagement.
In 2011, JGA served 55 clients who raised over $238 million in philanthropic support to make an impact.
When I think of my new year’s resolution for 2013, I want to challenge myself to think about how I can make a bigger impact, not just through the clients I serve in my role at JGA but through my personal and family’s engagement in the nonprofit sector.
As Winston Churchill famously said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." I hope that I am guilty as charged.
Happy New Year!