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Why Nonprofits Matter

Thursday, September 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
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September 3, 2015

Because Nonprofits Are Messy Blog

There are lessons for all of us who work in nonprofits:

  • You are needed. Badly. You may be in the business of advocating for the homeless, caring for sick kids with cancer, or standing in a courtroom fighting for immigrants about to be deported. You may be delivering meals to seriously ill patients or teaching in a school for autistic kids. These people are counting on you. Sure it’s a lot of responsibility. But even more so, it’s a privilege.
  • You make things happen. You have an expertise in your field that you share with those who need it. Re-read what Ken said. TA helped Ken make a shift in his point of view. He is motivated to solve a problem. While his grief remains unimaginable, an organization that was there for him is sharing its expertise to enable him to play a role in solving a problem. That’s a gift.
  • You raise awareness about societal problems. You provide an opportunity to folks like Ken and Judy to turn their grief into action. You advocate like hell, inspired by your clients to change the system. You organize vigils and press conferences, you write op-eds. You ensure that the story of each family, each client reverberates – that the larger point is made – and you call people to action.
  • You offer hope. When the truck arrives to deliver a nutritious meal to a seriously ill patient, you’re delivering hope – "maybe I can beat this thing.” A homeless gay teen finds a bed at a shelter and the next day meets with someone dedicated to getting that teen a part time job? That’s hope. A hospital researching the cure for pediatric cancers is offering hope. That’s what nonprofit work is about.
  • You lift us all up. Surrounded by passionate, dedicated people for whom the work feels like a vocation? It’s inspiring to be in your company. It’s a privilege to know you.

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