Over the last two months, I have really begun toying with the idea of getting involved with nonprofit consulting. From reading Rosetta Thurman‘s blog to participating in the Blogging for Branding Challenge to helping the Life Fund Foundation get off the ground, I have grown to appreciate the work I am doing and see a new potential opportunity for myself.
Today’s assignment was to add a hire me page to our blogs. When I first looked at this, I said “why would anyone hire me?” Than I remembered what the founder of the Life Fund Foundation recently said. He said, “you are a nonprofit expert. Even if you don’t know the answer, you know where to find the correct answer or person to help with the project.” In the nonprofit world (and the business world), it is not always about what you know but who you know. So could I use the skills I have gained as a professional and a student to begin helping other nonprofit organizations? Absolutely!
Since I came to this conclusion, would people pay me for my skills? I decided that if I was going to be put a hire me page on my blog, I needed to explore the areas where I could be hired.
Recently, I decided to write for the Challah Back Blog which is the Jewish Federation’s National Young Leadership Blog. While I am not entirely sure if this is going to be a paying gig (probably not), it is another opportunity to utilize the skills I have gained and to continue building my brand. Three months ago, this would have been an area which I would never have even thought about. In writing my own blog, I have found my desire to write at a new high and want to share my thoughts on other topics including the Jewish world.
I would consider myself something of a programming expert. Over the last eight years, I have been on committees and served as the implementer for programs ranging from five participants to 7,000 participants. I have programmed events for infants, children, teenagers, adults and seniors and I know the different issues which need to be addressed with each generation. I am able to look at a program write up and poke holes in the plan to make it better. I am able to change directions of a program if something is not going as planned.
Web Site Administrator
I know how to use programs including Joomla and WordPress to maintain and update Web sites. I helped redesign the BMH-BJ Congregation Web site twice and helped maintain it for over two years. I can help evaluate an organization’s Web site to improve the ease for viewer ship while also getting out the organizations message.
Over the last eight years, I have written over seventy press releases for nonprofit organizations. I have also designed numerous newspaper advertisements and know how to utilize social media outlets to help advertise for a program or event.
So while I never thought I had skills which could allow me to be hired on the side, when I evaluate my skills, I have areas where I can help nonprofit organizations as a consultant. Over the next three months, I hope to improve on these skills (through a consulting class at Regis University) and through more practice in the field.
Who knows, maybe one day you will hire me!