The year in review—and gratitude for YOU

Detail from Père Lachaise cemetery, Paris, Fr. where CSC team member Hilary was recently amused by this reminder. Her 2017 interpretation: “Make your charitable donations by the end of the year!”

It’s become cliché:  the “year in the review” (and ask*) that predictably comes from nearly every nonprofit in December. In CSC’s case, our past 12 months has been a veritable hero’s journey.  In December 2016, CSC was wandering alone, a little lost, and there was a big ogre…

Just kidding, there was no ogre. Just you amazing folks. And our determination. That’s the short story of CSC’s 2017. The longer version follows.

Early last spring, after much encouragement from our community, CSC dusted itself off and fired up our engines to again bring connected, ethical finance to businesses and citizen lenders. The journey has been a challenging one. We’ve worked diligently to reboot as mission-based operation in both deed and legal fact. From building a stellar volunteer board and advisors, to enacting our strategy, building new partnerships and attending and presenting at dozens of convenings, we’ve been busy! We reactivated over 20% of repaid dollars in CSC’s Squareholders accounts to go do more great work (yay!) and engaged the support of over 500 generous individuals in directly funding CSC’s restart.

And we’ve also had setbacks, specifically around the technology that was custom built for us several years ago. As we end 2017, we’re doing deferred maintenance and making unexpected critical repairs to the platform. While there are still unknowns, we know it will be at least $20,000 to ensure completion of the first and most pressing stepensuring the platform functions so we can launch new campaigns.

We’re grateful to be working with long experienced (and generous) developers. While the platform is “in the shop” we have businesses waiting to run campaigns as soon as all is well. It’s been tough for everyone to be patient, but fully functional technology is necessary to ensure we are creating a responsible path to connected capital for everyone!

It’s an understatement to say we look forward to 2018 (and a functional platform!) so we can truly rock our mission to to amplify, educate and connect people and and communities around healthy finance. After all, that’s why we’re here. And more importantly, it’s why you’re here. We couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you for being with us through this long journey and for supporting CSC’s work. We wish you a holiday season that is generous, reciprocal and connected!

*  We’ll keep this part short. We are hoping to raise the $20K to cover the first round of our technology updates before January 1. If you feel motivated to give, tax-deductible year end donations can be made to CSC through our fiscal sponsor Seattle Good Business Network.

Hilary Wilson

Author: Hilary Wilson

Hilary Wilson is Associate Director of CSC. Her background in non-profit development and community building strategies helps with understanding the landscape of opportunities for communities everywhere.

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