We had our second board meeting for my brothers foundation last week at the cabin in Atlanta (where we’re headquartered). We learning this is a “2 steps forward, 1 step back” type of thing and there is nothing easy about it. This ain’t for the weak of heart.
We’re looking to hire a consultant who works with transplant houses to help with getting the foundation property set up. The truth is, we don’t know what we’re doing. And how would we? None of us have started a non-profit.
We have a few items to discuss before we hire this person, but there is no doubt we need her. We also discussed fund raising. No money = No chance of helping anyone. Money is the heartbeat of a non-profit – at least at the beginning and I’m sure that never changes.
Maybe…just maybe, the most important part of the board meeting was making sure everyone knows what this is about. We are patient advocates – we serve to make sure the patient and their caregiver are looked out for.
It’s WAY too easy to get caught up in the economics and administrative “stuff” of getting our foundation off the ground. I firmly believe it’s all for nothing if we don’t make sure our first priority is the patient.
Our foundation has a soul and it’s our job to protect it.
Sincerely, The Graduate (at Brown)