By Jean Buckley, Tracy Family Foundation
As I sat in the San Francisco airport awaiting my flight, I wrapped my brain around all that I was able to soak up and absorb at the amazing ASF 2012 National Conference. There were so many knowledgeable and inspiring philanthropic leaders to tap into for advice and ideas. There was so much to take home. And there is so much yet to do in the communities that we all work in, love, and embrace!
But…it’s okay. Kim Meredith, executive director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, offered a comment that really resonated with me during her conversation with the many ASF members at the Saturday evening Master Juggler event for foundation executive directors.
Kim shared that “we can have it all, just not all at once.” This was a bit of an “ah, ha” moment for me. Kim’s suggestion might just have given Master Jugglers the nudge we need to simply take a deep breath and plug away one step at a time, one day at a time. It was simple advice from Kim, but so profound. Thank you, Kim. Thank you, ASF, for connecting ASF members to thoughtful leaders such as Kim.
ASF member Jean Buckley is president of the Tracy Family Foundation in Quincy, IL.