In the nonprofit sector, there’s this joke (sort of?) that we are prone to multiple-hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall outside of our job description, to keep things running smoothly. This summer, I’ve definitely fallen victim.
I’ve been tasked with getting my team up to speed on our new CRM software. Though I’ve played a big role in the setup and implementation (already complicated in its own ways), training others presents an ENTIRELY different set of challenges. Continue reading →
Events are the double-edged sword of the nonprofit world.
For attendees, they can certainly offer an engaging experience. I’ve seen people get inspired watching a student speak about their classroom experience, and I’ve even bawled hearing a keynote explain how kids use karate to cope cancer. When it comes to conveying mission and getting others onboard, there’s no doubt that nonprofit events are a must.
I can clearly remember the times in my adult life when I felt stuck and unsure of what to do next. It happened during my senior year of college while on the job hunt, and then again a few years later when I decided to change course in my career. There were even moments in between, where personal and professional concerns overlapped all at once (and yes, I’m still working on those).
I’m going to bet that you’ve felt stuck at some point too – because the feeling is a frustrating but very normal occurrence. Continue reading →
In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, I hope you have plans to go out and give back somewhere in the next few days. (And if you don’t, no worries. We need volunteers every week of the year.)
Volunteering can be as simple as showing up for your assignment, or it can be more. By putting our best foot forward when serving for a cause, we position ourselves to give (and get) more from our experience. Continue reading →