Instagram holds a unique place in the social media world. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all use written text as their primary method of communication. Instagram uses hashtags, but its primary purpose is the visual appeal. Instagram can be a useful tool for nonprofits, not necessarily to collect donations, but to show a visual representation of the work being doing by an organization. Use the tips below to learn about the uses of Instagram for nonprofit organizations.
There are many misconceptions when it comes to non-profits and how they operate. What it is like to work for a non-profit is one aspect which seems to have a plethora of myths surrounding it. Many people think that non-profits have no employees, just volunteers. These misconstrued notions can draw some passionate candidates away from the non-profit sector. Let’s delve into some of these myths and unearth what it truly is like to work at a non-profit.
- Non-profits are run only by volunteers; they have no paid employees: Though volunteers are an integral part of non-profits they are certainly not the whole picture. Organizations large and small still have day-to-day tasks that need to be addressed. The volunteer pool will likely always be bigger than the amount of paid employees, but by no means are non-profits solely run by volunteers.
- Non-profits do not pay well: The myth that non-profits do not make a profit plays into this one. The truth is these organizations do make profits, though most of their gains go towards helping others, employees are also taken care of. It is true that the salaries may be lower than similar positions in for-profit jobs, however, value is added elsewhere. The work/life balance and flexibility offered by most organizations can many times make up for the slight pay gap.
- Non-profits are where people who couldn’t make it in the “real world” go to work: In my experience, those working in the non-profit sector are just as intelligent and driven as those in the business world. Many of these individuals need to interact with business leaders and make business decisions. Just because they work for a charitable organization doesn’t mean someone is lazy.
- Non-profits provide no upward mobility: Many people assume that non-profits have a flat structure and there is no way to advance in a career there. Though in some organizations there will not be as many options when it comes to upward movement, this does not mean there is no chance for growth. Many times young people see advancement and leadership roles earlier in the non-profit sector than they would in the business world.
- Non-profits are very political: Some of the initiatives of these organizations may require some political aspect such as lobbying for certain legislation or for grants to help advance a program. What non-profits do not do is require a specific political party affiliation.
Take it from me, working at a non-profit can be extremely rewarding. It may not be glamorous or exciting; some days it can be challenging. When you think about it though, are jobs in other sectors any different? I’m sure sometimes Princess Kate is bored being a royal. If you are thinking about a non-profit career, don’t let myths steer you away from what could be a great opportunity.
Do you have any other questions about what it is like to work for a non-profit? Let us know. We’d love to talk to you about it!
Labor Day. It marks the (unofficial) end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, and the storing away of all our white clothes! But, why do we celebrate it? We go to the parades, shop sales, and have picnics–but, what is it all for? I can remember when I was little going to the parade downtown with my father and grandfather. As members of the Teamsters Union (no they have no idea where Hoffa’s body really is), they march in the parade each year. All those years of going with them though I never quite understood what it’s all about? I always thought it was a silly holiday, with no point other than to give me a Monday off. After some research there is some interesting history there.
Are you passionate about helping a charity or organization? Do you love a cause so much that you constantly talk about it to all of your friends and family? If you have the heart to volunteer, then you might be a fit for our #ShowUsYourCause contest. Here at the Tapolci Foundation, we are committed to enriching the community. Now, we want to celebrate those who have contributed their efforts to build stronger communities.
Over 1.5 million non-profits are registered in the US according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). All of which are looking to garner support from the public. The two largest groups, with greatest buying power, are the Baby Boomers and Millennials; groups with very different experiences and motivations.
Baby Boomers watched as Neil Armstrong took “one small step” on the moon, can remember the Cold War, JFK’s assassination, and the Vietnam War, as well as Beatle-mania and Woodstock. They also saw some of the most successful years we’ve had as a country, and are generally more financially secure. Millennials witnessed the birth, and foster the growth of the digital age, watched as the Twin Towers fell, helped elect the United States’ first African-American President, and stream music on their iPhones. Though they have considerable buying power (due to the large size of the group), many Millennials struggle to reach the financial success of the older generations due to the “Great Recession” in the late 2000s. These groups have different perspectives of the world but both groups are big on giving back.
Ok, so you have your personal New Year’s resolution set in stone. You’ve been to the gym about three times now–we’ll even count yesterday even though you left early because your legs really did “hurt that bad”. Good for you; you’ve picked a goal to get in shape! You prioritized your time to set aside for your fitness, got yourself a gym membership and even joined a spinning class because you love the social engagement aspect of it.
Looks like you’re on track. What else could there be? Forgetting something? Maybe the nonprofit board you belong to is falling short of its New Year’s resolution?! Don’t panic; there’s still time.