Why

It’s the boss who calls everyone “dear.” It’s a meeting that should have been an email. It’s when two people quit, but only one gets re-hired. It’s unwieldy abuse of reply all. Of all the things we adore about nonprofits, these aren’t them.

This isn’t to say magic isn’t happening. With over 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. (NCCS), lots have their sh*t together… but who wants to read about them?

Specifically, I have fun with those few words usually buried at the bottom of most job descriptions. You know, the phrase that essentially notes, while the primary function of your nonprofit role may be to create programs, fundraise, market and so on, what you’ll really be doing are various and sundry other duties and odd jobs… like de-thorning roses before the annual gala, proofreading your ED’s personal Christmas card or walking a donor to their car in a hurricane (with the umbrella shielding them, of course).

So stay tuned, kick up your feet and get a nice cup of coffee — well, a cheap cup of coffee, because it’s midway through the fiscal year, you’re not meeting your goals and your ED needs a bonus… even though your org doesn’t do bonuses. Those 990s really are pesky, aren’t they?