The Don Wood Foundation is driven to create impact in the areas we fund. To do this, we rely on our grantees to develop effective programs that succeed and sometimes exceed in meeting their results. Put another way, our community impact is borrowed from grantees’ success in achieving their outcomes.
As we slow down and reflect on the year, we cannot help but be grateful for the relationships we’ve built with our partners and all they’ve accomplished through their programs. The work is demanding, time-consuming, and, quite frankly, challenging, but it is crucial to building and strengthening our community. We are both humbled and proud.
We know the considerable time and diligence that go into creating specific programming goals. We often ask ourselves, who will this impact? Will the effect be short-term or long-term? How will this influence our local community and beyond? How do we measure that success? Are the outcomes predictive of the future, leading indicators, or are they a measure of what has happened, lagging indicators? These critical questions set the course for success and help us evaluate our investments in specific programs.
While the process can be time-consuming and, for some, the long-term outcomes not realized for years to come, this season, we celebrate and share in all the success you have achieved this year. All your arduous work and dedication, working to improve lives, inspire passion, make dreams a reality, and build our community by serving the needs of your program’s clients.
We are proud to have partners who support our vision, mission, and community impact envisioned by Don Wood when he started this foundation. When you succeed in achieving your outcomes, we succeed. Together we are better and more robust, and the impact reaches farther. So, this season, we are incredibly thankful!
Think about how you felt when you completed a training course, finished your college degree, or ended a large project at work or home. Did you feel a significant sense of accomplishment? Did you reflect on the success and challenges you faced on the journey? Or maybe you thought it was done and would never have to think about it again.
Perhaps a better course of action is challenging yourself to think differently because lifelong learning should be a never-ending process. Sure, take a moment to appreciate your accomplishment, then consider how that energy you feel will keep you motivated to learn additional skills. These new skills can help boost productivity, foster creativity, and help others notice that you are an essential part of the team. It also enables you to understand how the world works, leading to a more fulfilling life and job.
Our professional careers are advancing at an ever-increasing pace, with the one constant being change. A driving passion for lifelong learning can keep us relevant and more valuable at work, put us on the top of the list for career advancement opportunities, and help insulate us against downsizing and layoffs. So, when the opportunity arises to participate in training programs, online courses, workshops, or seminars, be the first in line.