It’s now time to work together

To every nonprofit that encouraged your staff, board, volunteers, and others to vote and have a say in their future, we salute and thank you. As Americans, we’ve just elected thousands of officials -- from local school board members to the President of the United States -- and collectively decided dozens of ballot measures.

While we may feel bruised by elections that were hard-fought and at times downright ugly, it is now time for nonprofits to bring people together.  We all have our different political stripes, and we’re proud of them – and it’s right to be.  But, as the leaves dry up in preparation for the winter and political signs get cleaned up, we’ll need to set aside our differences.   

Charitable nonprofits provide safe spaces where people, familiar and unfamiliar, gather to improve lives and strengthen communities. There is a nonprofit ideally suited to the interests and passions of every person. Two-and-a-half million people volunteer each year in North Carolina. 

We know that nonprofits touch the lives of every North Carolinian.  They deliver our babies.  Educate our children.  Nurture our culture.  Provide health care.  Preserve clean air and water. 

Working through nonprofits, we reconnect with our communities and rediscover what binds us together as human beings. That’s when healing can happen.

So nonprofits, let’s be inclusive and invite people in to join the noble work we do. Your positive actions can help model the way for our elected leaders -- at the local, statewide, and national levels -- to follow.  We’ll work together to unite, heal, and move our nation forward.

Trisha Lester
Acting President
North Carolina Center for Nonprofits 

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