Importance of Helping Small Nonprofits | Being Small in a Tall World

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Importance of Helping Small Nonprofits | Being Small in a Tall World

It’s not secret: we’re a very small nonprofit organization. We have an all-volunteer staff and board. We work with small areas in Appalachia.

Being Small in a Very Tall World

I see the big organizations and BAM! with one project they have hundreds of people on the ground and thousands of dollars infused into the area. And then I think: what are we even doing? Does it even matter?

Sometimes, this gets to me.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve made an impact: 5,893 pounds of food donated so far, 6,200 filled school backpacks for Appalachian children, 900 bags of food given to kids on the weekend who otherwise wouldn’t have eaten … and so much more. But, it’s easy as you stand amongst the big dogs to feel very small — very, very small — like a seedling on the ground looking up and being overshadowed by the tall, mature trees.

Then, I have to remind myself that to those school kids who relied on our bags of food every weekend, we made a difference. These are kids who had a school lunch on Friday and then often had very little to nothing to eat until Monday at school breakfast.

To those kids, it doesn’tย matter that we are small.

To the moms in need who received diapers from us?

They didn’t care that we are small.

To the empty food bank that we helped fill every month so that they could serve their community again?

They didn’t care that we are small.

This week, I received another reminder that being small has its benefits. As a last minute, emergency need, supporters of Monkey Do Project adopted seven people at a shelter that were not going to receive gifts for Christmas. Everyone else in the shelter had been “adopted” for Christmas and would receive gifts.Of course, we said that Monkey Do Project would cover the remaining people that were not adopted and, as a small organization who has built strong relationships with our supporters, we were able to immediately reach out and get that need filled.

Today, we received a last-minute plea: Could we please add a dad to our list of adoptees? This man’s family was already in the shelter and his entire family had been adopted and would receive gifts. The man was not expected back in time for Christmas because he was with his dying father.

Now, he’s back.

So a man who lost his father and has his entire family in a shelter would not receive any gifts for the ย holidays … and we just can’t let that happen. We will “adopt” this dad and we will make sure that he knows no matter how much he’s going through right now, he matters.

And in that moment, our organization felt mighty. Because, as the amazing Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”


ย As you prepareย your year-end giving to organizations, will you please consider helping small non-profits? We often don’t have the same level of corporate support as large organizations and instead rely on relationships and support of individuals and groups just like yours.

If you’re looking for holiday giving campaign ideas or group holiday giving ideas, we would be honored if you would consider Monkey Do Project, a registered 501C3 nonprofit.
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