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Date: 11/18/2012 2:37 PM UTC

Yesterday my Oregon Ducks lost a tough football game to the Stanford Cardinal. The Ducks were ranked #1 in both human polls and #2 in the BCS. They were playing nearly perfect football each week and controlled their own destiny heading toward a chance at our first National Championship. But a solid, well coached Stanford team came to Autzen Stadium and threw our plans for a bit of a loop.

I am a passionate fan. I should have had a tough time getting out of bed this morning - dreading the posts on FaceBook about the game....but I popped out wide awake with a spring in my step and a desire to get online for a different reason...

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 I accepted the position of Executive Director of a nonprofit organization in Billings, Montana called The Refuge Foundation. If you have read my blog posts over the years, you'll know I have been a supporter of the Refuge cause since its inception over ten years ago. They are (I guess I should now say WE ARE) serving nonprofit leaders by teaching them the skills they need to avoid leadership burnout. I have personally watched pastors and nonprofit leaders go from being healthy and productive to complete burnout. It's not a pretty sight. These people are game changers with passion for the organizations they serve - then they work themselves at a frenzied pace knowing the cause is great. The human body and mind can only take that kind of abuse for so long.

The stats are scary when it comes to nonprofit leadership.[SEE WEB FOR DETAILS] Suffice it to say that leaders are quitting well before they should. And there are things we can do to help them.

Refuge Foundation starts with diagnostics. We have well respected and professional programs for determining opportunities for improvement. We have experienced coaches partner with leaders during the initial trip which acts as a catalyst and starting point for life change, as well as throughout the year with monthly follow-up phone calls and in some cases, face to face meetings.

And the proof is in the pudding. Check out the testimonials on their site to read about how leaders have found a new lease on life and new passion for their organizations! [CLICK FOR TESTIMONIALS]

The need is great. The resources are out there to meet the need. One of my main priorities is helping find the resources to meet the need. So, in addition to my awesome job of operating a fishing travel company, I now get to help change the world for the better by keeping leaders of organizations that change the world healthy and productive.

We want the people who have the passion and hearts to help change the world for the better to keep doing what they do. And if you can help, we need it. I welcome your phone calls and emails to encourage us.

Dale Williams

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