Last week on Twitter, Allison Jones asked our fellow nonprofit tweeps: “What’s the biggest misconception about the nonprofit sector that drives you crazy?”
My answer: It drives me crazy when people assume that the nonprofit sector is not a career of choice.
Yes, an individual can have a career in the nonprofit sector, just like someone in the for-profit or government sectors. A nonprofit career requires education and experience – intentionally investing in professional development. A nonprofit career offers incredible joys and challenges. And, yes, a nonprofit career can pay your bills!
Yes, an individual can choose the nonprofit sector, preferring it over opportunities available in the for-profit or government sectors. A nonprofit career is not the “left-overs” or unfortunate “default.” Choosing nonprofit means prioritizing community impact. Choosing nonprofit means addressing the moral question of defining and working toward the public good.
Yes, I consider the nonprofit sector my career of choice, and I am pleased with my decision – one of committment and of compassion.
Please leave a comment with your response to the question! What’s the biggest misconception about the nonprofit sector that drives you crazy?