A frequent challenge for nonprofit organizations is dealing with unexpected setbacks — the failed donor renewal, the sudden loss of a key department head, or the departure of a board member. But after two decades in the nonprofit sector, I’ve come to realize that there are just as many unexpected opportunities from which nonprofits can benefit.
In a previous life, I managed 20 social media channels for a non-profit. I’ll admit it was a large non-profit and one that (thankfully) saw the light years ago in terms of the need to focus on social media marketing. As I spoke to community groups or college classes about our growth and engagement, I would inevitably receive the question, “How many people work in your social media department?” The answer: one. Just me.
Read more about the 2014 Georgia Gives Day success from Senior Connections.
The day that the US Supreme Court announced their decision recognizing the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry—June 26, 2015—was a very good day, both personally and professionally.
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family… It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves…They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." – US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
There is arguably no greater civil rights crisis facing America today than criminal justice. There are 2.2 million people incarcerated in America, mostly for non-violent crimes. Once released, many are ineligible to return to their homes and jobs, to obtain educational loans, and to vote. They are almost exclusively poor and disproportionately of color. As a society, we simply monitor, prosecute, and punish marginalized populations far more aggressively than their more privileged counterparts. The greatest threat to equal justice—and the greatest opportunity for helping even the playing field—is the justice system’s failure to ensure poor people have lawyers who can protect their rights.