Every year we plan and set course to meet our goals and objectives. Along the way there are plenty of surprises but we always persevere — there really is no other choice but to strive for excellence in all we do.
As we head into the New Year there is already negativity about the impact on charities of the new tax bill. There were predictions of great trouble ahead after the last election cycle but nothing is ever as bad (or as good) as predicted. There will be unanticipated consequences from the new tax bill. I tend to be optimistic and trust that there is a large portion of this country that wants to do good regardless of deductibility of charitable gifts. Of course, the market — though a lagging indicator — does have an effect on people’s perception of their own wealth and right now that is a good thing.
Stay the course and stick to your plans for the coming year. I continually tell our clients that we have to problem solve along the way as things always come up that create challenges. Your mission is the most important thing. How we fund it and deal with obstacles shows the strength of your organization.
For nearly 25 years our firm has had the opportunity to work with some amazing people who also happen to work with some incredible nonprofits. We have forged lifelong relationships that transcend doing business because we share your passion for making the world a better place. We feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve our clients. If in the coming year you think it’s time to talk about how you can change, do things differently, or work for better outcomes then let us know. We would be delighted to talk to you.
Some of you will be in your office on the last day of the year (as I have been) waiting for the last checks to come in. One year I got a call from a donor who had to make a donation in the current year and our client was the only one he could reach. It was a school and he brought a New Year’s Eve check for $100,000. Perhaps that can happen to you as well.
What are the top three goals you want to accomplish personally and as an organization this year? Write it down and see where things wind up at the end of 2018.
Wishing you all a joyful New Year!
Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
Written by: Paul D’Alessandro
Founder and Chairman