The Great Resignation and your nonprofit job

One of the unexpected results of the COVID pandemic has been the Great Resignation.

Millions of people are taking a good look at what they want to do, and deciding to quit their jobs.

And it’s working. Most of them are finding new and better work — whether it’s with a different company, in a different industry, or by launching out on their own.

This is good in two ways:

  1. These people (most of them, anyway) now have better jobs and better lives.
  2. It’s generally forcing employers to get their act together and offer better jobs with better pay. They’re learning that if you can’t treat your people right, you can’t do business!

Maybe you’ve thought about it too.

After all, many nonprofit jobs are no picnic. Too many of us struggle with soul-crushing things like:

  • Bosses who won’t let you do your job.
  • Ignorant and/or micro-managing board.
  • Insufficient resources.
  • Unhealthy work culture.
  • Lousy pay.
  • Unrealistic workload.

If you’re living with these things, you’re not doing anyone a favor by staying around. You’re acting as a co-dependent, making bad behavior work.

If that’s the case for you, it’s time to rethink your job.

Let me make one request of you:

If you are good at fundraising and you have a passion for it, don’t leave the profession! At least not yet.

There are many great nonprofit employers, and some of them urgently need you!

Look for them. You can help them grow while you grow too. In a healthier atmosphere.

Don’t let bad experiences sour you to the whole idea of working at a nonprofit.

For-profit jobs can be lousy too. And they lack the soul-sustaining element that brought you to nonprofits in the first place. Sure, increasing the market-share of some brand of toothpaste could be a thrilling endeavor. But really?

I hope the Great Resignation pushes more nonprofits to get their act together and become worthy of quality people like you. But they need a push, and you may be that push!

Go for it!


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