Real and important
In these worrisome economic times, I think it is important to reflect on the underlying strengths of our institution, and why we are fortunate enough to have them.
First, we have in our remarkable faculty and staff extraordinary intellectual capital—the kinds of enduring assets that no amount of market fluctuation can devalue.
Second, we have—to a degree we have not experienced in a long time—the wonderfully generous support of benefactors who have succeeded so impressively in other walks of life, and who have applied their success to the greater good.
Third, and perhaps most importantly of all, we have work that is real and important.
When times are easy, a mission may seem simply a nice-sounding, “feel-good” thing to have. But when the seas get rough, the mission becomes the anchor.