Giving Back and Going Forward

By Chris Pantaenius

Last year, we had high hopes for a prosperous 2018 at Onspring, but I have been blown away by the amount of heart and dedication our team has poured into their efforts these past 12 months. What has the year yielded? We more than doubled our client and employee count, successfully launched four new internal departments, and completed the single largest enhancement to the Onspring platform since we began (details on that coming soon in Version 15).

We owe our success to a large group of professionals: the Onspring Community. This team is comprised of Onspring employees, clients and partners who meet regularly to creatively solve problems using innovative software and process design. In other words, we’re a group of people who want to get stuff done and who support one another in a shared mission. These are some of the most inspired and hard-working people I have encountered. In addition to their day jobs, they have found time to give back to their local communities in very meaningful ways.

Creating Ripple Effects

Outside of the office, the Onspring team has always believed in the importance of giving back. Sometimes it’s financial, but often it’s just sharing time or expertise with someone in need. While giving affects recipients in a positive way, the real winners are those who give—this sounds cliché, but it’s true. I think most would agree that helping someone in need feels good; perhaps we are all hardwired to feel the power of giving so that it can perpetuate. Even more impressive is the ripple effect. Those who receive help are much more likely to provide it to others in the future.

This year, the Onspring team delivered blankets to the Don Bosco Center for seniors in need and helped assemble meal kits with Harvesters, a regional food bank. This resulted in over 27 blankets and more than 1,200 meals delivered!

At Onspring Connect 2018, the entire Onspring Community supported No Kid Hungry, a national organization with local chapters that provide nutritious school breakfasts, after-school and summer meals, and cooking and nutrition information to meal-insecure kids and their families. It was awesome to learn how No Kid Hungry of Kansas City can turn $1 invested into 10 meals. That means the Onspring Community helped thousands of kids get 3 meals a day! But the part that got me the most was seeing several clients request information on how to get involved with No Kid Hungry in their home communities.

Where We’re Heading

I am excited for the new year to start, and the Onspring team is ready for it. It’s no secret that we highly value our users’ experience. Technology continues to advance and create new opportunities for the Onspring platform and solutions. You can expect powerful new features and a fresh new look in the coming year.  And if you’re “old-school Onspring” like me, don’t worry, you’ll still know your way around. By the time we meet up with everyone in Colorado Springs at Connect 2019 in July, a lot of our planned changes will be ready for your feedback. It’s going to be exciting, as positive change always is.

Here to Help

As you move forward with your projects and objectives, please think of us as an extension of your own team. Remember, we’re in the business of helping our clients do their best work. As a community, we’re in this together, and we thrive on hearing from you.

From all of us at Onspring, we wish you all the peace and happiness of the season and a very prosperous 2019!

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