This is post six of six in a series about career and money from the point of view of a low-level nonprofit worker. For some reason I hear little about it in nonprofit land. The bottom line: if you don’t read The Simple Dollar, start now.
Why Don’t We Talk About This More in Nonprofit Land?
When I was new to an organization I’ve worked for, I was being introduced around on my first day. When I met the accounting assistant, she let me know that the check cutting process was quite simple and that if I ever needed a reimbursement check immediately, even if it was small, that I just needed to ask and it would be done. I remember thinking that that was very sweet but that I would never put myself in that position.
The thing is, she said it for a reason: because it happens. It’s surely happened to people I’ve worked side by side with. A couple of unlucky circumstances or bad decisions later, it easily could be me asking accounting to reimburse my mileage today instead of next week. I’m closer to the margin than I’d like to think.
And that brings me to my question: why aren’t we talking about this? Why don’t we swap money-saving tips, and carpool, and have our office properly on a bus line, and pool childcare, and barter, and share free events, and organize our own free entertainment? Why don’t we actively share resources on personal finance and tax advice and saving energy? Why don’t financial advisers donate a lunch break to give some guidance to nonprofit workers? Why do we have #nptech but not #npsalary?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, and any resources you know of!