Friday, March 12, 2010

Are you nonprofit material?

For the last time—nonprofit does not mean “no money.” It just means they can’t have any left over. Sort of. Anyway—another hallmark of most nonprofits is that they must depend on unreliable money streams like grants and donations—so that is a factor of the culture in many nonprofits..

Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, says if you decide to try to get into the nonprofit world that you not say, “I can help you run this like a real business.” They will hate that!

Usually, they are more focused on their mission or cause. And they often have a lot of work to do—staff can be overworked and even at decent salaries, underpaid.

They also may be subject to volunteer boards and the members may have all sorts of agendas. This means all sorts of masters to please.

Check out the place thoroughly. Are you in tune with their goals? Google them—are they in disputes? You can even find tax forms on

You might volunteer first.

Above all, make sure their cause feels right to you.

It may be a calling more than a job once you get into it.

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