December 02, 2020

POV: Ten Ways to Close Out 2020 On A High Note

Renewal and growth seem like ridiculous topics to highlight in 2020. We have all had our fair share of growing lessons, adaptability tests, scenario projecting and implementing and I am not convinced that we’ve seen all we can see or experienced all we are going to experience from 2020. With that in mind, let’s pivot.

Here are Ten Nonprofit Friendly things you can do to close out 2020 on a high note: 

  • Assure your personal household budget for 2021 includes donations to your favorite nonprofits. 
  • Find a good podcast to listen to during the downtime of the winter months.  
  • Think about where you want to be with your nonprofit over the next year – and then sign up for a UNA Credential course or other training that will help you reach your organizational and leadership goals. 
  • Log into Member Central on our website and take a look at all the benefits we offer. Chances are you’ll discover something you didn’t know.  
  • Have your elected officials changed? Chances are the answer to that is yes. Look them up, store their contact information in your phone, and send all of your elected officials an email introducing yourself to them. Be sure to do this for both your organization’s elected officials and those who represent you at home.  
  • If you’d like to see the expansion of a Charitable Deduction on your Utah State taxes then sign on to UNA’s letter to support a universal giving incentive.  
  • Prepare some handwritten notes (then drop them in the mail) to some of your coworkers, board of directors, leadership team, etc., letting them know how much you appreciate all their hard work this year. It’s been a doozey for us all and we could all use a pick-me-up.   
  • Make sure you don’t leave any paid time off on the table. Look at your organization’s policy and make sure you understand it. Then schedule your rejuvenation time for 2021 now.  
  • Find and Discover ways to get your body moving while you’re working from home. Yoga, standing desk, daily walks around the block at lunch, set aside time for a mid-day run when temps are warmer, etc.  
  • Perhaps most important, give yourself grace for all of the things you wanted to do in 2020 but, well, 2020 got in the way.  

It has been an honor to work alongside each of you and for you this year. Sending love and grace from my family to yours. Be safe. Stay healthy.