When I was a little girl, despite the fact that we aren’t Christians, I LOVED Advent calendars.

Mind you, I had no clue what Advent was beyond the vague understanding that something wonderful happened at the end of it, having to do with babies (I was a little unclear on the concept that it was this specific baby). And I loved getting a surprise-a-day.

Today I see that in fact, I did understand Advent on the most important level–that every day brings gifts; anticipation building toward an apotheosis; that all you have to do is open the door.

It’s a wonderful metaphor for nonprofits. Read the rest of this entry »