I am at once humbled and elated that I’ve finally found a mode of communication that can help keep me connected to the many nonprofit professionals I meet annually who are seeking a place of respite and support in a profession that can oftentimes be confusing and isolating.

I’m thrilled you made your way here and hope you can help me craft this blog into a tool that can serve you and your journey through this sector most effectively. I am one person with my own impressions of the nonprofit world –what I think it does better than any other sector and what it desperately needs to fix.  I know that my experience is similar to many, but to many more it is not.   I hope for this blog to be used as a forum for honest discussion by people who passionately believe in the power and promise of the sector and want to help see it work optimally for everyone.

So, what is ankhacia?  It’s a term I created about seven years ago after melding the words “ankh”, the Egyptian symbol for life, and “acacia”, (or “kasha” as it’s pronounced in my native Virgin Islands), a particularly hardy, thorny shrub that grows abundantly and indiscriminately, which to me signifies enduring self sustainability and legacy.  The plant can withstand hurricanes and droughts and when cut down, or even brushed up against, releases an organic “fragrance” that lingers for a very long time in the air or on skin and clothing.  Ankhacia is what I represent and what I seek to foster in the work I do with clients and colleagues alike.

My focus with this blog is two-fold: 1) to help leaders of growing nonprofits access timely information and resources that can help them competently lead their staff and optimally manage their organization resources to sustain programs. I’m a voracious consumer of all things nonprofit so as I learn, I will share, and 2) to provide tools and an interactive space for resource development practitioners to help themselves flourish and prevent themselves from floundering among the myriad of challenges and issues their nonprofit employers, and the sector at large, face.

As a former development director I feel a certain kinship with other professionals charged with facilitating relationships that result in increased resources for their organizations.  This is a daunting task even in the most ideal of circumstances and, aware that many of us are starting from already compromised situations that leave us frustrated, stressed and contemplating a change in profession, we’ve got to figure out how to fix this.

So… let’s see where this all leads!