I write this to let you know of a significant change coming to the Pro Deo Foundation and the Pritchett family. Though I have had the privilege and joy of leading the launching of our foundation’s operations since 2018, it has become clear to me that my purpose in being here has now been fulfilled.
As we continue to monitor the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the health and safety of our Pathways/Coastland students, staff, and our community remains our utmost priority.
Last week I read a Fast Company article that hooked me with the compelling claim that the author had figured out how to design her day for peak creative performance.
For Christians, this is Holy Week, the week when we remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Holy Week is meant to be a week of looking inward as we follow the pattern of death and resurrection in our own lives.
To the crowd, Palm Sunday, it began so well. It was the moment that held such promise and expectation. It was a time of celebration and hope. A time when people could be assured that at last, the longing that they had was about to be realized.
Sometimes Christians refer to their possessions as “blessings.” I’m not talking about the basics of food, clothing, and shelter enough to live a meaningful life in a particular context. I’m referring more here to excess—the things we don’t need like a pool.
Last Thursday I began a series of theological reflections for our Thursday blogs. The Pro Deo Foundation’s mission is to create pathways for children and youth to flourish. Our strategy for accomplishing this mission is three-fold:
A few weeks ago my daughter and I traveled together to Kenya. Hannah is 12 years old, and this was her first significant international trip (she’d been to Mexico a few times). It was so fun how seriously she took her preparation for the trip and the maturity she displayed in Africa.
For the next few Thursdays, I’ll be writing some theological reflections on our three-part strategy as an organization. Most family foundations focus either on granting funds to other organizations who are doing the groundwork or doing the work as a nonprofit with the need to raise outside funds for their programs.
Social entrepreneurs in today’s world need to be research-savvy. We live an information age where an endless amount of material from around the world is at our fingertips at all times. It requires a kind of skill to sift through useless material to curate the best resources for innovative work.