Tag Archives: Nonprofit Career

My Nonprofit Story: Part 1 of Who Knows How Many

The nonprofit sector has been holding me against my will for the past 14 years.

You know how they say every joke has some kernel of truth? Well that’s true here. I’ve tried getting out of the nonprofit sector two times in my young adult life.

The first time was during my senior year of college. By that point, I’d held an internship at a nonprofit organization for over 5 summers. I also had a nonprofit work-study job, a 4 year stint with a local org doing client advocacy  work (by teaching people how to ask the right questions).

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How to Find & Pitch Your Next Conference Trip

For the ambitious nonprofit professional, conferences are the way to go. A conference can be a great opportunity to expand your skills,  build your network and learn new knowledge to propel your organization forward. As someone who personally loves learning, they really are my jam.

That said, not all conferences are made equal. And not all employers are jumping to send us there.

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20 Things Every Nonprofit Database Admin Can Understand (with GIFs)

Lucifer - We've all been there, right? Database-admin
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Some of us may love the work, but maintaining your team’s database isn’t always easy! For anyone who’s ever served as as a nonprofit database manager (and for those folks who have ever worked with that person), here are 20 things that have likely crossed our minds at some point in time.

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The Case for Being Employed for Good

Hi, I’m Dee. I’m a huge data nerd and I work for a nonprofit organization in New York City.

Like many of you nonprofit peeps, I too love this sector. There was a period in my life where I wanted to go corporate – twice, actually – but nearly 14 years later since my first nonprofit internship, and I’m still here!

And with the exception of potentially joining the government one day, I’m pretty sure this is where I’m meant to be.

I’m fortunate to have worked with great organizations, and am currently in a job that really fits who I am and what I care about right now. But even if you’re working your dream nonprofit job, you know that doesn’t mean every day is easy. Some days are hard, leave you feeling uncertain or questioning your abilities, and can be downright frustrating!

That’s because being a nonprofit career professional isn’t just a work-related decision. It’s more of a lifestyle.

Employed for Good, then, is technically a lifestyle blog – but one focused on all that it takes to work and thrive as a nonprofit professional. In my experience, that means three areas:

  • Technical knowledge, so that we can get the nitty gritty of our jobs DOWN. With my focus, you can expect posts that touch on nonprofit data, systems & engagement processes.
  • Work Stuff in general, because things like boundary-setting are equally important in our roles.
  • Life Stuff, since we’re not just our jobs. We’re people, and the things going on in our human lives inevitably spill over into our work lives.

I’ll share tips and advice on a weekly basis, but by no means is this a solo endeavor. I want you & your nonprofit friends to be part of this too.

From one nonprofit professional to another, let’s reframe and reflect on this path. By deciding to do well at work and in life, we’ll position ourselves to do some real good in this sector.

So, let’s do good together! I invite you to subscribe so that you’re caught up each week, and to engage in this passion project of mine.

Yours in service,

Dee