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When are you getting a real job?

When are you getting a real job?

It’s been 16 years since my first nonprofit job. And yet I still hear that refrain echoing among my family members. I’m sure you’ve heard it too if you’ve worked the sector for any amount of time. “When is she going to get a real job?” My family is full of teachers,...
I rescued a raccoon from the compost bin

I rescued a raccoon from the compost bin

There’s a line in every nonprofit workers’ job description. A line that send shivers down our spines. A line that makes us wonder: is this really what I went to school for? That line? “Other duties as assigned.” “Other duties as assigned” is a fun catch-all phrase...
I have mixed feelings about philanthropy

I have mixed feelings about philanthropy

I recently realized that I have conflicting identities. I’m a fundraiser. I’m also a progressive social justice advocate. Until recently, these two identities lived in nice little separate bubbles. I could blissfully spend a morning advocating that governments...
I was the least helpful summer student

I was the least helpful summer student

In my early university days, I worked one summer at a small agency that served newcomers. Shortly after I started this role, it became apparent that they had no idea why they had decided to have a summer student. For one thing, I had interviewed with an umbrella...
I have a confession: I’m a fundraiser and I hate the phone

I have a confession: I’m a fundraiser and I hate the phone

I have this distinct memory from my childhood. It was pizza night at home. My mom handed me the phone and forced me to make the call for delivery. My stomach tightened. I somehow managed to stammer my way through the order. It didn’t kill me. But I don’t think it made...
The Two-Person Charity

The Two-Person Charity

There’s small charities, and then there’s small charities. One of my first jobs in the sector was working for a teensy start-up charity. It was a direct service agency providing one-on-one counselling services and group workshops for people navigating the legal...