What better time than Valentine’s Day to reflect on the meaning of friendship.
Friends are people we know and trust. People we care about, and who care about us. People we wish to succeed, and who wish for our success.
We all need a little help from our friends!
Fortunately, the social benefit sector abounds in folks who want to help. Who want to spread the joy and love they’ve found in their careers to others who are entering the field. And with those who are mid-career, who simply want to network with their peers.
Friends can make a significant impression on our lives and goals.
Friends who are willing to be mentors? Even more valuable!
Today I want to talk with you about a new community of friends.
It’s called MissionBox. And it seeks to introduce you to friends – your peers! — who would like to support you in your work.
Need a mentor? Want to be a mentor?
There are times we can all use a positive, guiding influence. Someone who will hold a mirror up to us and enable us see our true potential. Someone who will help us shine more brightly. Someone who will be our ally through thick and thin, support us and, yes, love us.
Want to gain or share a little mentor love?
The MissionBox community is for anyone who works in nonprofit and would like to network with their colleagues.
It’s for anyone who wants to stop “reinventing the wheel,” create a larger sense of community, and together, make a bigger impact.
It’s also for anyone who wants to spread the love and pay it forward.
Jesse Bethke Gomez, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, found his ally early in his career. Today he wants to help others overcome their fears and develop their strengths.
Could you use a trustworthy nonprofit ally?
Most nonprofit leaders are too stressed out or distracted to find that trusted friend or colleague who’s walked in their shoes. But imagine how helpful it could be if you were able to find that person.
As Jesse mentions above, allies are often essential for success. Here are a few examples:
- A veteran grant writer can offer guidance to a novice grant writer to help him or her achieve greater results.
- A promising nonprofit start-up founder can connect with an experienced leader who points out blind spots and encourages a drive toward success.
- A newly-hired development director who inherits a struggling capital campaign can connect with a veteran fundraiser who helps her exceed her goals.
Find an ally/become an ally with MissionBox
Allies (mentors and mentees) meet via phone, text or email to talk through specific questions or challenges.
1. If you’re willing to mentor others, and have experience or know-how to share with another nonprofit, your wisdom can make all the difference to someone who is struggling with what you’ve already mastered.
2. If you seek guidance, or a sounding board, you will be able to connect with others who have walked in your shoes.
Now, more than ever, it’s time to make friends with your peers who work in the social benefit sector and come together for the common good.
What is MissionBox?
MissionBox launches today! It will be many things, including:
- Mentor matching
- Free downloadable templates, legal forms and other commonly used nonprofit resources
- Consultant directory
Again, it’s for all nonprofit leaders. Not just executive directors. Not just development and marketing professionals. It’s for anyone wishing to build alliances, share resources and support one another’s work
Working together, as friends and allies, the sector will unleash its full potential
Become a MissionBox ally. Join here for free.
Note: I am not affiliated with MissionBox in any way. I’m simply sharing a new resource of which I’ve recently become aware. Check it out to see if it may meet your needs.