As I search to take a deep breath, feeling the air has just been punched out of my lungs, I ponder how the financial crisis will affect my organization, employees and important customers. In Ohio, the state announces funding cuts and predicts more by January. My employees are silently worried about their future employment and retirement investments with no such thing of bonus money to rely on.
What do our professional fundraisers do during these times with endowment investments reaching historical lows and benevolent donors speechless at the future prospects of being philanthropic? And those important customers; who are standing on the edge of the abyss, balancing between sanity and breakdown. It is those customers who stay “normal” most of the time that are now at the brink!
The answer, of course, is to stay creative and supportive. These times call for professionals who know their true character is not tarnished by a financial crisis. Mental Health professionals have experience with times like these. We support others and find meaningful solutions to live another day. In peaceful silence, however, I remember the Scottish poet Robert Burns words…
“The best laid schemes o’ mice and men
Often go wrong
And leave us nought but grief and pain
For promised joy!