Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Weebles and Shiny Things

You remember Weebles, right?  Come on, sing it with me…"Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down”.  I had the Weebly Wobbly Treehouse.  It’s hard to tell how many hours Hasbro kept me entertained, but those Weebles were so cool. As many times as I tried to knock them over, they just kept popping upright again and again.

What I didn’t know at the time was all of the precision that went into make that Weeble untippable.  

The developers at PlaySkool had to take that tiny piece of plastic and utilize weight, gravitational force called torque, and inertia to ensure that no Weeble would ever fall down.  Every kid could count on that and that’s why we liked them.

Typically, the things in life that you can count on have some similarities.  They’ve been around for awhile with a solid track record, their goals are strategic and measurable, and friends, family, and colleagues trust them to do what they say they will do…accountability.  

Contrast this to shiny things.  It’s about that time of year where department stores begin creating those wonderful kiosks displaying the lastest and greatest item you just can’t live without…the shiny thing. (See also Snuggie.)

Sure, it’s looks nice and you’ve even seen it the news recently, but is it reallly all it’s cracked up to be?  Is it a good investment?  Can you trust that it will do all it says it will do?  Was it an impulse buy because of the time of year or that temporary warm, fuzzy feeling?  
When it comes to philanthropy, you need to be wary of the shiny things.  It’s imporant to target your dollars wisely with a non-profit or two that that you can truly trust.  Targeted dollars will create larger impact toward causes that you truly care about.  And, you need to know that your donations will be spent on exactly what you intend.  

Shiny things seem like a good idea in the moment, but in the long run what you really want is a Weeble…A non-profit that has a history of “difference-making”, strategic investing, and overall trustworthiness for the long haul.

While there are many organizations like this in Grant County.  Rest assured that the Community Foundation is a Weeble…no question about it.

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