5 Messages for Your Nonprofit in Honor of Martin Luther King Day

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We all know that nonprofits work hard to change the world. It can often feel like we’re not getting anywhere in our efforts to make an impact on the problems we try to tackle. It’s easy to be discouraged, but progress is always worth the effort. Dr. King knew that he and his supporters would face adversity in pursuit of equality and true freedom for all. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, let the following five quotes inspire you to give your all for the causes you believe in.

“The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

Nonprofits are aware of the difficulties their organizations face every day. This meaningful quote from Dr. King serves as a reminder to find happiness in the work you’re doing for others. Despite all the frustrating moments you may experience, you’re changing the world, and that’s worth smiling about!

“We cannot walk alone.”

Your nonprofit doesn’t work alone to do all the great things you’re accomplishing. Dr. King expresses the value of unity with your community of supporters with this short and simple quote. Your nonprofit’s supporters are a significant part of your success.

Take today to reflect on what your donors, volunteers, and partnering organizations help you accomplish and plan to thank them for what they do. If your organization has been facing adversity, look to your support network for a boost. You aren’t alone in making the world a better place!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Working for a nonprofit means you’re providing a valuable service for others. You’ll make the world a better place with the work you do. This quote from Dr. King reaffirms that what you do for others matters more than what you do for yourself. If you’re feeling burned out or unsatisfied with your work, return to the reason you chose a career with a nonprofit in the first place: you wanted to make the world a better place.

Changing the world isn’t easy. The trials your nonprofit faces when trying to reach its goals are proof of that. However, significant and powerful change should take time and effort. Find delight in your work and remind yourself you’re doing your part to make a difference.

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.”

If your nonprofit attracts people willing to volunteer, approach them with this quote from Dr. King in mind. No matter what work your organization does, you can do more with the support of a compassionate and diverse community.

When willing volunteers come to you to serve, use them to make progress toward changing the world. Even if your volunteer candidates are incapable of physical labor or struggle with technology, they are still capable of serving.

Your volunteers can be advocates for the work you do. Ask them to represent your cause to their family and friends and ask them to share their story for appeals and marketing. You’ve not only gained an ally for your cause, you’re empowering people to make the world a better place!

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

If your nonprofit attracts people willing to volunteer, approach them with this quote from Dr. King in mind. No matter what work your organization does, you can do more with the support of a compassionate and diverse community.

When willing volunteers come to you to serve, use them to make progress toward changing the world. Even if your volunteer candidates are incapable of physical labor or struggle with technology, they are still capable of serving.

Your volunteers can be advocates for the work you do. Ask them to represent your cause to their family and friends and ask them to share their story for appeals and marketing. You’ve not only gained an ally for your cause, you’re empowering people to make the world a better place! Changing the world requires dedication. You’ve got what it takes to make a meaningful impact.

Conclusion

Dr. Martin Luther King changed the world for the better through his love and tireless service to others. Your nonprofit is also making the world a better place. We hope you’re feeling inspired by these quotes and will continue your pursuit to tirelessly serve. Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged from pursuing excellence. Your efforts today bring the promise of a better tomorrow.

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