(This post was written by Katherine Sammons, GlobalGiving’s former Senior Program Associate)
Back in 2012, when I first came across GlobalGiving I knew I had found something special. I was then living in Johannesburg, South Africa and was feeling increasingly frustrated as I watched organizations attempt to solve social issues without utilizing local solutions. I was determined to work for an organization that believes that good ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. That belief brought me to GlobalGiving, and GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners like you have only made that belief grow stronger.
As my last day as a GlobalGiving staff member approached, I struggled to write this blog post because, how can you ever say a proper good-bye and thank you to a community you love? You can’t. But, luckily for me being a part of a community means this post is not the end. I know by reading your stories, seeing your photos, and watching your achievements, I will be continuously inspired by your work.
You may remember me as the woman that reminded you to post your project reports but, I think of myself as your biggest fan. You pushed me to be more thoughtful and creative when working to improve GlobalGiving’s programs, user interface, and offerings. By sharing your ideas, feedback, and knowledge, you made and continue to make GlobalGiving a better place. Thank you.
With my farewell comes a warm welcome to Emily James, GlobalGiving’s new Senior Program Associate! Emily comes to GlobalGiving with experience working with refugees resettling in the United States. In her previous role, she was responsible for and successful in making changes that resulted in better experiences for constituents. She is a great addition to the GlobalGiving community. Welcome, Emily!
It has been an honor to be a part of your team and I cannot wait to see what amazing things you do in 2016 and onward!