The one piece of advice that will transform your nonprofit

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Before starting this nonprofit, our founder and executive director, Jesse Eubanks has had lots of jobs. But this advice was a game-changer for him, and we think it could work for you too.

“Want to accomplish your vision? Have a plan, and execute it in community.”

 Our scales tend to tip one of two ways: we either have a plan with no community, or have a community with no plan. 

Our scales tend to tip one of two ways: we either have a plan with no community, or have a community with no plan.

Picture this: a young entrepreneur sets out to start a new tech company. He just graduated with a degree in business, moves to a new town and has big dreams of changing this growing industry. He’s thorough, detail-oriented, and full of drive and vision. But after a few mishaps, he starts to lose heart. He can’t get connected anywhere, and soon he stops believing in the dream altogether and grows bitter toward the outside world because they “just don’t get the vision.”

Or picture this: a group of creative friends get together and daydream about their latest innovation and plan. They all see the world a little differently, and every time they talk, it feels like they could change the world with their new ideas. But, their ideation and creative brainstorming never leaves the coffee shop, and thus the world misses out on their grand ideas.

When ideation and brainstorming never leaves the coffee shop, the world misses out on our ideas. 

Both of these scenarios end badly. Nothing was accomplished, and in both cases, people are missing out. That’s why community is important.

What kind of community?

When we say “community”, we don’t mean a subdivision or a cul-de-sac. Rather, the type of community we’re after looks more like a particular team of people and less like a particular part of town.

Having a team made up of different people with different experiences and gifts makes the plans flourish in ways they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Love Thy Neighborhood has both. We make the strategic plans as a team. Our team is made up of people with different strengths, life experiences, and personalities. When we gather, we’re bringing our different world-views and assets to the table, and we’re much stronger

We think it makes all the difference.

Plans are great. People are great. We need both to get the job done.

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