Both Peggy Noonan and Tom Belford are reacting to completely different issues, yet they are linked – the problems with our economy and the problems in our fund raising industry – in the moment we are in today in our country.
In both areas, we face turmoil and peril...in the economy, due to selfish and dishonest actions by the leadership on Wall Street, and in the government in Washington. And, in the fund raising industry there is turmoil due to generational shifts, technological changes and increased competition for donor dollars. And it’s all happening now and we live it and feel it daily in our guts.
So what’s happening?
The worm has turned.
We’ve hit a moment as citizens and professionals. We are determining as citizens to change the direction of our government and economy, though this will play out through the election cycle for another year.
But, we’ve also hit a moment as professional fund raisers where we realize incrementalism or inaction are not the traits that built our successful institutions. In this moment we are called to action.
When the real threat crystallizes, both are uniquely American reactions.