The is a wonderful organization, but I'm afraid that upper management has lost its connection with its employees, both seasonal and full-time, and its every day donors and property guests. It has begun to focus too heavily on wealthy donors and we are seeing properties and programs suffer as a result.
My job was eliminated for financial reasons just as I was starting for the season. Rest assured, I'm not bitter as I've been proud to stand behind this organization's mission, but I'm quite honestly disappointed in where they're headed. I was expected to do a lot with very, very little funding, to no fault of my manager who helped me as best as possible (I have no complaints about my direct manager whatsoever). Similarly, I was given very little support by anyone but my direct manager, who could really only do so much. Most of the issues I ran into were former donors or acquaintances of the organization that were also extremely unhappy with where it's going. I put a lot of effort in for very little return because, sad to say, I think The Trustees has tainted its brand in many communities, including mine.
I can only hope that upper management will begin to see what they're doing. As I said, I'm not bitter about my position being eliminated, but I firmly belief that the decision, in addition to other decisions being made in recent years, are being made hastily and are not taking into consideration the "small man," i.e. the donors that renew sustaining memberships religiously, regularly attend events, walk properties often, and volunteer. A lot of money from big donors can only get you so far when you don't have enough people to enjoy the work you're spending the money on.