To the millions of people who work and volunteer in the Community Benefit Sector, who have felt your life’s work disparaged as you watch the political news these past few days, I offer the following definition of “Community Organizing.”
Community Organizing is work done to fix the messes made by those who run our nation’s businesses and governments.
Community Organizing is done by both secular and faith-based groups – places filled with people of wisdom and compassion, who put the needs of others ahead of their own need for material wealth. It is the most noble work anyone can choose to do.
This is the work that makes Dimitri and me proud, every day, that we have dedicated our lives to helping such “community organizers” as homeless shelters, environmental protection groups, youth programs. It makes us proud every day for having founded the first Diaper Bank in the nation, and then founded a second one because the need was so great.
And it makes us realize that if there were ever a time to stop calling the work we do “Nonprofit” and start calling ourselves “Community Benefit Organizations,” that time is now.