August 1, 2013; Huffington Post, “Impact X”
Let the nonprofit GIFs begin! Two nonprofit professionals have added a humorous twist to the sector with a new Tumblr blog they have created, titled “When You Work at a Nonprofit.” The blog takes the popularity of online GIFs and memes and relates them to nonprofit sector work, covering all of the workplace gripes from grant writing to planning fundraisers.
Leah Neaderthal and Leanne Pittsford are co-founders of Start Somewhere and Lean Impact, an organization providing startup tools for nonprofits and social enterprises. Here are some examples of the amusing GIFs you’ll find on their Tumblr. Can you relate? (As a warning: although it’s about work, some of the images on the site itself aren’t necessarily safe for work.)
WHEN YOU FINALLY RECEIVE THE BIG GRANT CHECK IN THE MAIL
WHEN A CORPORATION TELLS YOU THEY’LL PROVIDE EXPERTISE INSTEAD OF FUNDING
WHEN YOU MEET A MAJOR DONOR FOR THE FIFTH TIME THEY STILL DON’T REMEMBER YOUR NAME
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WHEN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BLOWS THE BIG ASK AT YOUR FUNDRAISING EVENT
WHEN A FOUNDATION TELLS YOU THEY’RE SUSPENDING GRANTMAKING WHILE THEY UNDERGO STRATEGIC PLANNING
WHEN YOU MANAGE THE DONOR DATABASE
The blog has gone viral and has already received over 400,000 page views.
NPQ spoke with blog creator Leah. She said, “Through being [involved in] nearly every part of the nonprofit spectrum—employee, director, board member, major donor, and now consultant—we see the same challenges over and over. And instead of talking about it we decided to call it out via humor.”
“We created ‘When You Work At A Nonprofit’ because we wanted to let out a little steam, make fun of ourselves, and share a collective laugh with our community. We had no idea it would take off so quickly”.
These GIFs will help any nonprofit staffers grumbling about long hours or too much work to find a little more light in their work life. They are currently accepting GIF submissions, the Tumblr blog is already getting 200 submissions a day.—Aine Creedon