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A Note of Gratitude to Community-Driven Nonprofit Organizations, and to the People Who Do the Work

This year I am grateful for a lot of things. Actually, my heart is bursting with gratitude. I am most thankful, though, for all of the people who are working every day to make our communities better by choosing to work at nonprofit organizations.

I am thankful that we have a third sector in the United States that's not led by the government and not led by corporates, one that's led by people who have a heart for changing the world.

I am grateful for the organizations that help the most vulnerable among us, including people who are refugees and asylum seekers, and people without homes, food, family, resources, and care.

I am also grateful for those nonprofits that are working to change the systems and policies that promote oppression, inequality, injustice, racial inequity, and disparities in health and wealth.

I am thankful for the groups that are truly community-driven. Nonprofits that are led by their stakeholders. Those that give voice and power to those who are most affected by inequity. Nonprofits that create leaders from within their communities.

I am grateful for all of the givers. Those who support community-driven organizations. Everyone who gives what they can. And those who give from the heart.

In a world where everyone is trying to find purpose in their work, I'm grateful nonprofit folks do what they do with purpose every day. We are all better for it.

Finally, I am grateful that my work means I get to walk alongside amazing nonprofit leaders each day and help them realize their visions for a better world.

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