We believe that we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others. As an organization, we are relentlessly focused on how our gifts, talents, and resources may be used to serve others. It is why, as an organization, our second core value is that, “We Lead through Serving”.
The pain and the impact of Covid have broken our hearts. There was a time when we wondered if it would break our company. Yet as we sit here in the middle of January 2021, I have to say our organization is thriving and we are stronger because of what we have gone through together.
We still have much we hope to share with the marketplace about how we are choosing to approach running our organization, where we place impact over profit. Must we be profitable? Absolutely. Cash is oxygen to an organization. I believe dollars are the marketplace’s applause for excellence. But for what purpose must we be profitable? Simply to enrich ourselves? That vision seems too small and self-serving from where we sit.
Therefore, even before we had cashed our first check, we created a compensation model where profit would be shared, invested in those who helped to create the profit in the first place. In our model we take the first 10% of our shareable profit and use it to “equip and inspire the next generation”.
When we look at the challenges facing our world today as a result of Covid, along with many other contributing factors, we felt convicted to begin this support right here in our own backyard, by helping to feed families in our community.
As a result of being an organization led by true servant leadership for decades, the Atlanta Community Food Bank stands as an organization built on integrity that has served as an integral safety net for those who might otherwise go hungry. At its height, Covid increased the demand of the Atlanta Community Food Bank by 300%, and while demand has begun to decrease, Covid’s grip on our community and economy has not.
It is with this context that I am excited to share that our organization is stepping into a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank that begins with our announcement that Analytic Vizion will match donations up to the first $5000 given as a part of “ATUG Cares for the Hungry” between now and February 15th, 2021. We are excited to partner with other organizations who are also agreeing to match, including InterWorks who is matching up to the first $1000 given. We hope this challenge can be a catalyst for the data and analytics community to invest in our neighbors who are in a time of their greatest need. We invite our clients and fellow consulting firms to join us in matching the donations of the community. And if you would simply like to a make a contribution, click here.
We know this is not going to solve hunger, but we are here to be a part of the solution. With a bit of inspiration from the presidential inauguration yesterday, the words of former presidential nominee Robert Kennedy provide guidance in the midst of a challenging season, “Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”
We’re excited for this next chapter. We’re excited to bring this vizion to life and share it with the community. And we invite you to join us and #catchthevizion.
- Nelson Davis