As the parent of two school-aged children, I get to see more than my fair share of children’s movies. My current favorite is “Horton Hears a Who.” Horton, the elephant, hears a small yell and realizes that an entire civilization of Whos lives on a speck of dust. He makes it his life’s purpose to protect this little planet from the other animals in the jungle that don’t believe anyone lives on the speck. In the story’s climax (SPOILER ALERT) evil Kangaroo threatens to boil the speck of dust in oil. To prove their existence, all of the Whos yell together, “We are here, we are here!” until they can be heard by all of the other animals and save their planet from certain destruction.
I bring this up because I think the Whos and next generation foundation staff share a similar plight.
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PS If you are going to be at the Council on Foundations' conference in Philly next month and want to help me show the field that "we are here" be a guest conference blogger for New Voices of Philanthropy. If you are interested, send me an email at tristaharris (at) gmail (dot) com.