Taking the Long Road
How do you say goodbye to a family you’ve never really met?
I guess you, like the old commercial goes, “just do it.”
so I do.
For the last three years, it has been my privilege
to write this
blog about the non-profit world. Today,
however, I compose my last post.
Shortly after the New Year, I am leaving Charity
Navigator, my happy home for the last 7 years, to become the
Executive Director of the Eisner
We launched this blog nearly three years ago, in an
attempt to make the Charity
Navigator website more “sticky”, with reliably-updated content to
keep our users coming back more regularly. But
somewhere along the line, this blog became so much more than that. It’s syndicated by Newstex
Catalog. It’s been celebrated in the New
York Times, the Chronicle
of Philanthropy, on ESPN.com,
and on CNN. It’s allowed me to report from Hurricane-ravaged
New Orleans, from the Las
Vegas strip, the charities
of Santa Barbara, and the
halls of the IRS. It’s outraged the
leadership of the Red
of Love, among many others.
My first post was about Don
Imus’s less-than-charitable activities, and that was long before
Along the way, some of you have laughed with me, and others at me. I’ve been called everything from a “genius” and a “prophet” to a “moron” and a “sell-out.” (One thing I won't miss is the cowardice of anonymous blog posters and commenters.) But for all of you, I wrote as truthfully and as passionately as I could. And most of you, I will miss. I've had fun. And next time some non-profit leader does something stupid to dishonor the public trust, I'll miss having a place to call him out. But that's not my job anymore. Someone else will have to pick up the slack.
I’ll be at Charity Navigator a little while longer and I promise you that the organization won’t miss a beat when I depart. We have strong senior leadership, the best analysts in any sector, a committed and engaged board, the best users and supporters around, and a mission that is unimpeachable. We've launched a nationwide search for a new leader. While I may be moving on, Charity Navigator isn’t going anywhere. My proudest achievement here is that the organization I helped build no longer needs me. It’s humbling, but I couldn’t be prouder.
This blog, however, is calling it a day. My successor may or may not blog, but he or she certainly won’t do it at this address. This is where I offered up my “take” and in my last act, I’m taking it with me. I wish I could take all of you too, but here we part ways. For now.
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