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My Nonprofit Story: Part 1 of Who Knows How Many

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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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An Introvert’s Nonprofit Career Story: 5 Lessons from My Switch to External Facing Work

An Introvert’s Nonprofit Career Story: 5 Lessons from My Switch to External Facing Work
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INFP. The Myers Briggs test didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know. But it gave me a way to fit my skills, professional experience and personal interests into a neat little framework. Nearly 10 years later, I don’t think much has changed.

On this blog, you know me as Dee. In the real world, I’m a business systems manager for a nonprofit organization. It’s a catch-all title, meaning I manage our Salesforce database…but also, any other systems we might adopt. Because #multiplehats.

Getting here —in my career and this blog— hasn’t been a total accident! So I thought I’d share a bit about what that path has looked like for me.

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The Case for Being Employed for Good

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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