If you are reading this I assume you have at least a passing interest in the nonprofit world. Whether you are employed in the Third Sector, volunteer for your favorite organization, or just want to make a difference in this world you have experienced or will experience, the days where you do that, may just be plain tiring and/or frustrating. It is part of the chase. This week’s post is not about the “nuts and bolts” of nonprofit issues; it is about why we do what we do.
Interesting in the following TEDxCrenshaw video in which Areva Martin, a civil rights attorney, talks about her experience as a child when she received help from nonprofit organizations and setting up her own nonprofit for children with special needs. Why would we call the organizations nonprofits when we, in fact, all profit? Just take a look:
Respect is earned. Honor is given. Who doesn’t want to be respected? We put in long hours for our organizations. We give blood, sweat, and tears. Most who enter the nonprofit domain do not do so for monetary rewards. We give respect and we earn it through our good works. However, honor is given. The Third Sector is in the midst of the largest generational turnover in leadership experience in its history. We do not have to agree with all that was done by those who came before us. However, we must honor their efforts. And we must honor those we serve.