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  • What do you find to be most challenging about working with a nonprofit?

    9 posts, 7 voices, 575 views, started Sep 24, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 by Tiffani Hill

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    • Amethyst
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      Nonprofits have some distinctly different challenges from for-profits. What do you find most challenging? Do you have a tip for how to deal with the challenge?



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          Butterscotch wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • hmmmm well where should i start LOL!  i love working non-profit.  i’ve been in this sector for years; some of the challenges though are financial stability, compensation levels and packages, benefits, lack of organizational structure (especially for small or family owned non-profits) to name a few....overall the field is imperative to the livelihood of having some type of morality barometer in our country...of course that’s my opinion BIG SMILE!

          BY THE WAY GREAT QUESTION......



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          Debjr wrote Sep 25, 2008
        • I would say, the little pay for the large amount of stressful (but fulfilling) work, and all the documentation required.

          I work with adolescents and young adults who are transitioning from the youth mental health system into the adult mental health system.  I love my job and the kids.  It seems nobody else likes to work with that population.

          Debbie



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          Becca wrote Sep 25, 2008
        • I’ve been with a National Non-Profit for about 5 years now. I love my job. I love the mission and most of the people I work with. It is a very rewarding position, however, it can be very frustrating all in the same.  

          I would say the biggest downfall of a non-profit is the salary. I have a position where I wear many hats - but only get paid for one. It can be disheartening sometimes.

          I believe there are many in the non-profit sector that feel the same. So, I know I’m not alone.  I love my job - many people can’t say that. It’s all give and take.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 25, 2008
        • My husband works for a private school that is a non-profit. I know that everyone there works a lot of hours, nights, weekends; seems like they live there! It’s really a labor of love for them. Like a lot of non-profits they‘re there because they believe in what they‘re doing.

          I’ve found that non-profit sector people have incredibly big hearts!



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          Becca wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Chocolatier, you are absolutely right! I have found that people who work in the non-profit sector are very giving people. People tend to work together to achieve a goal instead of against one another to get the pat on the back.



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • My company is also non-profit and I must agree with each and everyone of you, from the job stability, compensations, lower pay, incentive packages, all the way to very kindness of the individuals, especially those in the upper managerial sector. Though this type of business is not the business I had hoped to end up in, I do love my job, but as becca pointed out, having to wear many hats and getting only compensated for one can be very disheartening.

          Our latest incentive was the gas compenstion...how many companies are offering that....it’s truly a give a take...



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Oct 2, 2008

                Our latest incentive was the gas compenstion...how many companies are offering that....it's truly a give a take...

          Judging from the above some might say, no wonder she works in a non-profit, haha...“compensation” “give and take“...



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          Coachmombabe wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • I would love to be able to compensate our people. We have 3 part time paid employees. All of them give more than their paid hours. We have numerous volunteers, many who fill roles that would ordinarily be paid positions in other organizations. With our pregnancy center volunteers we offer them “credit” that they can use for clothing from out little boutique and for diapers. Though it’s not much, it’s something.  

          Someday I hope we can pay many people for the work they do, but for now, I am so grateful for their generous spirits!



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