Transparency is a word you hear frequently today and holds many different meanings. At Second Harvest it means doing our best every day to operate the right way, honoring the intent of our donors and striving to improve wherever we can to meet our mission. Whether it’s a non-profit or for-profit business, we all need to keep sharp, stay ahead of trends and changes, constantly review and update best practices.
As we move away from the flurry of activity of the holidays, our winter months are filled with anything but quiet hibernation. We hope you like the fresh look of our 2014/15 Annual Report (view it online) which give a snapshot of our accomplishments. This year we again adopted the Donor’s Bill of Rights from the Association of Fundraising Professionals as our commitment to our donors and included a copy of it with all of our year-end statements.
We are proud to have been awarded Charity Navigator’s 4-Star rating for four years in a row -- a top measure of financial health and transparency and accountability of nonprofits (view our rating) and be an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau.
This month – February – is the month of the heart. So even in our pursuit of administrative excellence, we will always be about the real work of our organization -- More Food. Less Hunger. As long there are children who drink water to fill up because they don’t have enough food to keep them full, seniors choosing between paying for food or medicine; or families who can’t afford food to pay for a major car repair -- we won’t stop. And we know you won’t either.
You can be a part of our efforts through the Harvest for Hunger campaign which will kick it off on LEAP DAY (February 29) from 4-6pm with a happy hour event. I hope you will be able to spend part of your extra day this year with us at our kick-off event. No matter what the business climate brings, we are so grateful to have friends and supporters like you who walk (or LEAP) with us each step of the way.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.