I know it is hard to believe, but I am only a professional hunter in my own mind! My actual profession and full-time work is spent in the world of accounting, finance, and business management. A large part of my work is focused on metrics. A business metric is a quantifiable measure that is used to track and assess the status of a specific business process. Sounds exciting doesn’t it? Well, in this case I believe it is pretty exciting…
I would like to share a key metric that I track for OCOM. Every year, we set a goal for our venison donation program. We track the number of servings donated and we monitor this during the NC deer season and then we look at the totals after the season.
I look at these numbers and a lot of thoughts come to mind:
- Every year, we have been blessed to far exceed the donation goals we have set.
- We are in the process of donating around 5,800 servings this year and less than three years ago our goal was 600 servings!
- There is no doubt, our results show that our model and strategy is working!
There is also something very important behind these numbers. For every serving we have donated, there has been a hunter who has been willing to donate their harvest. There has been a landowner willing to grant me access for hunting. There has been someone willing to donate money to pay for professional meat processing. There have been food pantry volunteers who have identified recipients and distributed venison to those in need. All of these results have been possible because of people who are willing to step up and help their neighbor. This work is not done to earn a paycheck. This is all done through the generosity of others. It gives me hope and it reminds me that there is a lot of good around us.