Since this is the first time that I have worked with a nonprofit organization based in the United States, it has been interesting to experience the nonprofit life through a different lens. When I first started working alongside my partner organization, I was immediately impressed with how many different tasks an individual has to handle on their own. One moment you could be working on inputting data into a spreadsheet and then the next you could be designing a graphic to be released on a social media page. It appears that in order to succeed in the nonprofit sector, a person has to be willing to wear different hats to ensure that the organization remains afloat. Working in the nonprofit sector is all about taking calculated risks, so sometimes a person has to attempt to take on a new project that is way out of their comfort zone.
While working in the nonprofit sector is definitely a challenge, the outputs that are produced definitely make it worth all the hard work. Even if you are working in a space where the social impact is mainly indirect, it can still feel rewarding to know that you are helping your community strive for greatness. One thing that surprised me was the amount of pride, love and passion that nonprofit leaders have for the community they are working to uplift. An individual has to have a strong connection to the target community in order to create social impact that truly reflects the needs of the residents.