Skip to main content
Philanthropy Journal Home

Philanthropy Journal News

PJ editorials inspiring, grounded

 | 

To the editor,

I’m writing because I find your editorials inspiring and grounded.

Many of us in the nonprofit sector are so busy saving the world that we end up with our heads in the sand.

Rather than ask hard questions, we retreat to our comfort zone.

If we speak out on behalf of logic and reason, or in anti-Bush ways, we become un-American or unpatriotic.

I believe that most nonprofits have succumbed to the divide-and-conquer syndrome.

We’re all too busy justifying our existence and trying to save our jobs that we’ve become little more than a part of the social problem we profess to solve.

We have to realize that health care isn’t about being old, that education isn’t about children, that poverty isn’t about those who are poor, and that equality/justice and equal opportunity are not about women and minorities.

The only real change will come when we rally people around common causes.

Can you imagine one million elders and one million children side by side at our nation’s capitol demanding universal healthcare?

Unfortunately, the field of aging is very self-serving and self-preserving.  Rather than take on broad social issues, the aging industry is dug in to fight and keep what it’s successfully attained — Social Security, Medicare, SSI.

Recalling the words of Robert Kennedy:

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

My generation — the social activists, civil rights leaders, feminists, anti-war protesters, civil disobedients and make-love-not-war cohorts — have fallen asleep at the wheel.

If that’s the history of my generation, I am sad and embarrassed.

Keep up the good work.

— Lewis Kallas, executive director, Seniors Inc., Denver

Leave a Response

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.