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Well Done SHN SA!

The end of my trip is at hand. Early this evening I am scheduled to leave from Johannesburg and fly to Atlanta and then on to Raleigh. There I will pick up a rental car, go to the Stop Hunger Now office for a couple hours to debrief and catch up on some back administrative chores. After that, I have a 3 hour drive back home to Lynchburg.

It’s going to be a rather long trip, but what makes it worthwhile is all the good work that has been accomplished during my brief time here in Mozambique and South Africa. In Maputo, Mozambique I helped celebrate Ma Machel’s 70th birthday as we packaged 70,000 meals for malnourished school children.

That event was also a milestone for Stop Hunger Now South Africa. It was the first meal packaging event they organized outside of their own country. And the Minister of Education  for Mozambique, who attended and spoke at the event, has already requested that more meal packaging events be scheduled.

Here in Johannesburg I have had a delightful time meeting new staff and new board members. I have also been able to help with some fundraising and to give an official thanks to some of SHN South Africa biggest corporate and faith-based partners.

It’s been a whirlwind of events, meetings and dinners, but I will head for home more proud than ever of the great work being accomplished here on behalf of the hungry. Stop Hunger Now South Africa is our first international affiliate, and it is leading by example. Saira Khan, our Executive Director, and her entire board and staff are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime. Kudos and “Well Done!” to all of them.

a “must read” for nonprofit leaders

Right before I left for a little time off I had begun reading a fascinating book by by Dan Pallotta. I accidentally left it at home, so I am just now getting back into it.

The book is CHARITY CASE: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. It is Pallota’s second. His first was UNCHARITABLE.

Both of his books are focused on how charity actually undermines the humanitarian causes about which we are passionate. Pallota makes a strong case that our rigid and religiously-based ideas about charity are both dysfunctional and counter-productive in today’s society. And although I haven’t finished either book, I feel he has a lot of things right. Pallota’s thesis is

We have the opportunity to eradicate the most hideous forms of human suffering in our lifetime. It is a possibility no generation before us has ever known. Hundreds of years ago, charity was about neighbor-to-neighbor assistance. We have a larger opportunity today. And the code for our ancestors’ compassion will not suffice for our generation’s dreams.

Pallota’s views are radical, but they make sense. I heartily recommend this book for anyone interested in nonprofit work.  I also think CHARITY CASE should be a “must read” for every nonprofit CEO and every nonprofit board member. His innovative approach to thinking about charity and fundraising is sensible and even profound.

I wish I had this book 35 years ago when I first began my hunger work. It is a true game changer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book is a game changer.