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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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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

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 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

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 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 Magical Unicorn Job Description

I have a pet peeve. I like to call it the Magical Unicorn Job Description. I think you know what I’m talking about. And I think you also understand why this happens. The Magical Unicorn Job Description is a job description that will be virtually impossible to fill,...

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...

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