A Review of 2018 for achievements of Not-for-Profit organisations and Charities
Greetings from Patagonia 🙂
What a year it’s been!
Personally I’ve made some big decisions – all of which I’m happy to report, have worked out for the best. I’m happier, healthier and I’ve had a big win with the Charity Matchmaker for Giving Tuesday this year. Plus I’m writing this from Patagonia in Argentina – I can’t be disappointed with that 🙂
As a global community, it’s been a year that reaffirms why I work in the for purpose/ not for profit space – for the atrocities that make me cry, and for the triumphs that I’m a part of!
These have been some of the highlights that come to mind for me.
Girl Power is on the rise
– Across Australia, New Zealand and the world there have been disgusting atrocities of men’s violence against women. In the first week of October we saw 7 women die from men’s violence.
There have been vigils and much conversation in the media and amongst our social circles. Eurydice Dixon’s tragic death has got us talking about language more – the “Get home safe” or “Call me when you’re home” comments that men don’t realise that women say to each other when we part company. Hell, most women don’t even realise we do it!
We’re talking about women’s need to constantly check in with our friends so that we know the others are safe.
Women are rising, we are talking about it more. The #MeToo movement has opened pandora’s box and it will never be closed.
– The Women’s March movement is not waning – it’s gaining momentum. We’ve had enough and we say NO MORE.
– We’ve seen a major push from many concurrent sectors to encourage girls interest in and women’s careers in STEM. Data Science and AI is currently not just male dominated, but also pretty much only middle-class white men from California. We need to change this as AI is going to dominate our future and we need women to guide the thinking and strategy and implementation for how women will use voice activated technology, virtual reality, games and apps and everything really. Men don’t understand how women think and behave (despite all the data), so we need to lead if we want our products and services to reflect how we live our lives.
In fact, all of this progress has got me thinking that I want to specialise in marketing to women! Which lends itself well to fundraising, but I want to niche in more to how women behave online. I’ll have to think on it more.
Children, Refugees and Asylum seekers across the world
– We had heinous abuse of terrified people (by he who shall not be named) as Honduran asylum seekers were duped into crossing the US border with false promises. We had to watch as their kids were ripped away from them in very emotional scenes.
But through community organising and mobilising our supporters – who do not abide such treatment – He backed down and we had a minor win.