As I write this, we are preparing for our annual trip to Colombia to provide care for some of the country’s many underprivileged who are affected by facial differences: some children and some adult. This is the 30th anniversary of the Milwaukee Medical Mission’s trip to Colombia, and this long-standing relationship has led to the establishment of a formal bi-directional training program between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University Industrial of Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
I know that many of you also work with your institution or other organizations to serve around the world. I am struck by the generosity and compassion of our members, and their willingness to participate in international mission work - donating time and effort freely. As we visit teams around the globe and see the great need for resources, I am reminded of the important role of steward that those of us on the Board of ACPA play here at home for ACPA.
Times are challenging and all nonprofits are being asked to do more with less. And, so are we. We have made great strides – increasing our members, growing our meeting and adding more value to membership. We must focus on ways to support our current programs and commit to ongoing assessment of each program to ensure that we can sustain them with operating income. This will be our challenge for the next few years.
We have to be nimble and seek ways to increase efficiency, effectiveness and revenue. One consideration is how to work more closely with our Foundation so that we can create a unified voice in seeking new sources of funding for the important work that supports patients, families and the profession. We already know the power of working together, and here’s an interesting article that quickly outlines the benefits for nonprofits.
I am excited by the program for our meeting in Colorado Springs at The Broadmoor. Dr. Costello and his team, along with our dedicated national office team, have done an outstanding job preparing a wonderful curriculum. I look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, that I am sure you will remember for years to come.