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Charity Confidential

Welcome to Charity Confidential, the most talked about blog in the non-profit sector. Here you’ll want to tune in regularly to hear members of our sector anonymously sharing the stories that we usually just whisper about. We’ll reveal what can really happen working in non-profits. From the salacious to the hysterical, you’ll want to be part of this conversation!

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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...

6 Things I Learned When I Started Working for a Charity

I stumbled out of the graduation ceremony, into the bright sunlight, and blinked hard. I was now officially an adult. An unemployed adult. After much hand-wringing and anxiety over what to do with the rest of my life, I brushed off my resume and started looking for...

That time my Executive Director hung up on a donor

Early in my career I worked as a fundraiser for a small charity. We had a small but established fundraising program with around a thousand annual donors who gave consistently through our newsletter program. Despite the success of the fundraising program, and the fact...

I had no idea that I wanted to work at a nonprofit when I graduated

When I graduated from a Sexuality Studies degree a few years ago, I ran into a roadblock. I had always assumed I’d be an academic for life, but had now decided I wanted something less theoretical and more concrete. The problem was: I had no idea what kind of job I...

5 Red Flags that Made Me Reconsider a Dream Job

The job seemed perfect. A director level position in a social justice organization. The role would be challenging but I knew I could get it done. And it was a chance to work with a highly-regarded leader in the sector. To this day, I’m grateful I wasn’t selected. I...

Three Ways that Unemployment Got To Me

It was this time two years ago that I experienced the Great Unemployment of 2014/15. That fall and winter, I spent every day holed up in my apartment, searching for jobs. What started as just not having a job lined up after graduation ended up being a six month...

Why Charity Staff Hate Christmas

When I started my first job in the charitable sector, at a community agency, it was September. Within a week of starting, my otherwise lovely new boss had made it clear that she HATED Christmas and that it was coming too soon. I grew up in festive home, where...

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Web Developer

Last year, I undertook a project to overhaul my small charity’s website. Our existing site was hopelessly out of date, and we desperately wanted a refresh. I met with a couple of web developers, and based on a quote, as well as a recommendation from a colleague,...

Is fundraising the elephant in your board room?

Board fundraising is the elephant in the room for so many organizations. We all want boards to be fundraising – whether they know it or not. But most of them do know it, and still don’t fundraise. And whether they say it or not, this leads to some level of anxiety for...

6 Ways Nonprofit Job Interviews Are Like Dating… But Way Worse

Hi. My name is Anjali. I’m 32, single. I like movies, travelling, and long walks on the b… Oh right. Let’s try this again. Hi. My name is Anjali. I’m an experienced nonprofit professional with a decade of experience managing projects and motivating teams. Right…...

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