From sun up to sun down, coffee in tow, we find opportunities to connect with others, to inspire through collaboration and compassion no matter our industry. In the non-profit world, leading with care takes a bigger role but the importance for business acumen remains.
“The combination of business sense and heart is an important balance,” said Paul Krueger, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota. “Being a good steward of financial gifts and operating efficiently and effectively are vital to fulfilling our mission and the success of the organization.”
[ ] Am I exercising patience? Pace yourself. Remember, things don’t happen overnight.
[ ] Am I building a sound team? Surround yourself with motivated people who believe in your mission. Goal planning should be part of regularly scheduled meetings to maintain motivation.
[ ] Am I being flexible? Non-profit work isn’t predictable. In smaller non-profits your focus will be pulled in many different directions. You must be able to adapt yet maintain focus in order to accomplish your goals.
[ ] Am I learning something new? New ideas or processes are always on the horizon. Be ready to change and adapt so you aren’t left in the dust.
[ ] Do I have someone to consult? Find a good support system or mentor(s) – other non-profit leaders or colleagues you can learn from and bounce ideas off of.
Paul Krueger’s days are packed with fundraising, public relations, and outreach but his highlights center around connections with the community and, of course, wish kids and their families.
Kenley’s Wish Story:
When a child faces a life-threatening medical condition, a village faces it with them. For Kenley, 7, of Sioux Falls her village was her parents, brother, and friends. Kenley was diagnosed with Leukemia in September 2016 and was referred to Make-A-Wish South Dakota for a special Wish of her own. Kenley designed her own special bedroom complete with loft bed, desk, chair, and favorite colors. On a special day in March, she came home to a surprise wish party and a newly designed room made from her imagination.
Make-A-Wish South Dakota has granted more than 1,200 wishes since 1984.
“Our vision is to make every eligible child’s wish to come true,” said Krueger. “We grant 50+ wishes across South Dakota each year. We can grant more than that.”
The organization considers children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who are facing life-threatening illness eligible – not only children whom are terminally ill. “We hope to serve even more children by spreading the word about how inclusive our program is,” shared Krueger.
By Rachel Woodman
About Rachel Woodman
Rachel Woodman is public relations and marketing strategist working as a Marketing Manager with CenturyLink. She is an active volunteer in the community with a focus on youth and female empowerment. She relocated to Sioux Falls from Minneapolis-Saint Paul in August of 2014.