As outlined in our first blog post, the Me Fine Foundation staff set nine resolutions for 2019. These resolutions stem from our mission of providing hope and support for children and families in the throes of pediatric illness and medical crisis at Duke, UNC, and WakeMed Children’s Hospitals. Our first resolution focused on a commitment to highlight specific social determinants, such as housing and transportation, that contribute to the physical and mental health of the children and families we serve.
Our second resolution is all about collaboration. In 2019, Me Fine will collaborate more intentionally and frequently with other nonprofit and community-based organizations. As you may already know, there are dozens of causes committed to serving families undergoing treatment for critical illnesses, or families who are experiencing medical crisis. In order to best serve these groups, we, as a nonprofit, need to understand our role as well as the role of other organizations, and be able to help connect the dots for families when possible to ensure they have access to the resources that best fits their circumstances.
You may have thought to yourself: “I wonder if the Me Fine Foundation partners with…” groups like the Ronald McDonald Houses, Be Loud! Sophie, Bridges Pointe Foundation, SECU Family House, Arts For Life, and other outstanding organizations whose missions and populations served are either similar or closely aligned to our own. The short answer is: sometimes, but not enough.
In the year ahead, we will be proactively building relationships with our fellow do-gooders to identify ways that we can elevate each other’s work and celebrate in mutual successes. This may also look like Me Fine encouraging you, our supporters, to also make financial gifts to these other organizations. At the end of the day, we know that donors to Me Fine have big hearts; we also know that many of you want to see nonprofits like ours working hand-in-hand with others to be more efficient and effective. Resources like time and money are too limited to be wasted by duplication. We also know that when we put our heads together, better solutions and ideas will come. It’s a win-win!
As we move forward in the months ahead, we look forward to sharing more with you about these collaborations and shining a spotlight on these other amazing nonprofits and community-based organizations that are committed to providing hope and help where it is needed most.
Missed our first resolution about about discussing the intersectionality of social issues with pediatric illness? Read it here.