Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Apple v BlackBerry and McDonald's v Wendy's: Thoughts

Joanna and I just got back to our office after a visit to the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) this morning.  I asked for the meeting with Lyn Davis (CEO) and Chris Culak (Chief Development Officer) because I often get questions about how what we do fits in with what they do. 

NOTE:  Here's my short answer to those who are wondering...  While all children involved with CPS are eligible for Community Partners of Dallas' programs and services (CPD will serve about 20,000 kids this year through all of our programs), the DCAC serves a distinct subset of those who have suffered from the most horrific types of abuse with forensic interviews, ongoing therapy, and more. 

It was great meeting with Lyn and Chris and seeing all they do to help 2,500 children annually. 

Being in the non-profit world is different from being in the for-profit arena.  I would imagine that it might be difficult for the BlackBerry guys to call up Apple and go over and take a tour and speak about program specifics.  Would McDonald's take a meeting with Wendy's to discuss the new burger they were rolling out in a couple of months?

In the non-profit world, we want to help one another succeed because the greater good is served by working together.

I love my job.

P.S.  My #FundraisingFriday gift is going to the DCAC this week.


  1. Well Said! We all need to remember that.

    1. Thanks, Leslie -- I am always amazed by the generosity of staff at non-profits. I have been the recepient of so much advice from "the competition" -- maybe it's because we have to be so open about everything we do, but I think a lot of it really is that we focus on the greater good first and foremost.

  2. Paige, I've been relaying this idea, too. Being competitive and proprietary gets everyone nowhere while collaboration and constant needs assessment makes the best use of limited resources.

    1. Thanks, Cricket -- anything you want to collaborate on? I bet we'd make a good team!