Bring on 2009!by Anne Yurasek on January 07, 2009
Jane and I spent the day meeting yesterday reflecting on 2008 and
planning for the coming year. As we reflected, we were excited about
how FIO Partners has grown over the year. From the breadth and depth
of our work with our clients, to establishing our office in
Connecticut, to our website being up for a full year, to blogging, to
offering training …it was an important growth year for our firm. And
we would like to thank you for being a part of that. Thank you for
your interest in our work, for reaching out to discuss the challenges
you are facing, and for allowing us to support you in moving through
this challenging time for the sector and our nation.
In planning for the coming year, we discussed what we see as the two major trends that will drive the sector - retrenchment and consolidation. For the first time in the history of the nonprofit sector, we believe that the sector will be forced to contract and that organizations, of all sizes and across all industries, will be forced to make difficult decisions about shrinking and/or giving up autonomy . What does this mean? This means that healthy group process and evidence-based decision-making are both crucial. In difficult times, our ability to successfully communicate with our key stakeholders can go out the window - when, in fact, that communication is critical. It also means tremendous change for your clients, your staff, your board members - figuring out how to lead through challenging changes in a proactive way is another critical success factor. We will be developing a series of blog entries and digital articles to explore these challenges and to provide you practical, useful advice. We would also like to hear from you - what information would be most helpful to you? What are you facing? What topics are you most interested in? Please post your comments here, connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter, send us an email - we want to hear from you.
So bring on 2009! You are not alone in navigating these times…we are here to help. Reach out and let us know how we can support you.
Photo Credit: Jin T