10 Absurdly Difficult Things About Working in Nonprofit

1. Explaining what it is you do to friends & family.

“So wait…you don’t make money at your job?”

2. Getting the office printer/copier to work.

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3. Saying no and still being a team player…because you can’t actually do it all.

Related: How to Say No At Work (Without Jeopardizing Your Job

4. Specializing in one thing & doing it really well.

Blame #multiplehats.

5. Finding time to practice self care.

Related: 26 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care on the Clock

6. Getting your staff to stick to a process. (Okay, this one’s more of a people issue).

Related: How to Design a Process That People Actually Follow

7. Getting everyone on your board to give.

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8. Getting people to RSVP to events by your stated deadline. Never gonna happen.

Related: The Ultimate Nonprofit Event Checklist

9. Getting your director to enter information in your CRM or database.

If anyone *has* managed to figure this out, then you are a literal nonprofit unicorn. Teach us your ways.

Related: Tips for Effective Nonprofit Data Management

10. Breaking out of the sector. Tried twice already, can’t seem to do it.

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