Director’s Notes: Now IS the Time!

Director’s Notes: Now IS the Time!

By Jill Ryan

During these uncertain financial times, many nonprofits are asking, should we wait to talk with our donors until the financial news is better? The answer is NO!

We should continue to communicate with members and donors, and also continue to let our donors know that in these times their gifts are more important than ever to ensure we can continue the important work they already support. While many states have had to cut back on budgets for environmental enforcement, local groups offer the ability to effectively and efficiently monitor activities that may be environmentally harmful and participate in the decisions regarding these activities. This low cost solution is a great option to ensure the future of our economies and way of life.

So let’s not be shy and let’s not deny that financial uncertainty exists, but instead be honest about these concerns and honest about our need to keep programs operating that truly offer good, economical solutions to some of today’s problems.

In this issue of Freshwater Voices (our new name for our newsletter), you’ll see how our work to help people protect the Great Lakes utilizes a small investment to support the hard work and passion of citizens working to protect our lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the Great Lakes region.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

Mohandas Gandhi



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