No matter how many years I’ve lived, every spring I have what feels like a personal revelation. As I notice the trees and bushes come into bud and the beginnings of plants start to poke up out of the ground, I marvel: “So, all that energy was just being stored all this time!” Despite having having an intellectual understanding of the earth’s tilt and rotation, I slowly forget over winter what the rest of the seasons are like, and by February have accepted the barren landscape as a permanent reality.
As CSC embarks on our next adventure as a nonprofit, it’s easy for me to draw a parallel with my annual amazement at the fecundity of spring following winter’s dormancy. When we stopped making loans in winter of 2016, the reaction from our community was remarkable. This show of true gratitude for the role CSC plays in the world certainly buoyed our spirits, but it also galvanized our resolve to chart a new path. Here’s a little sample of sentiment sent to us from our borrowers:
“Just the other day I saw a square holder at a conference in Los Angeles and he “checked in on his business,” after all, he felt that he was part of our story and he is… And that’s pretty gosh darn extraordinary.”
“I’ve always felt that CSC has led the way for a financial/borrowing revolution. Can’t we just start a CSC campaign for CSC???? Thank you for all of your and the team’s wonderful work in supporting small businesses like mine. I will be happy to be a part of the next iteration of CSC.”
“You’re such a vital part of getting us back to being sustainable, and you’re such a vital (already) part of the small business community.”
“You dared to imagine and you went for it big time. I still believe in you and know that whatever you morph into next will be amazing!!”
As we reemerge from our time underground, we’re grateful for the community that has been with us through it all. While we “wintered over” organizationally, none of the incredible momentum and excitement about community-based funding has diminished. It has been there all along; ready to be a part of the next chapter.
Your belief in us has been a profound message for us to continue on. I know I’ve gone overboard with the season metaphors but bear with me for one more because it’s the truest of them all: the faith and support that our community has demonstrated for resilient, connected, community finance is the energy that ensures its next growing season.
We are so excited to be continuing this story with all of you.