To have the opportunity to work and understand nonprofits has been a fantastic experience. For the past few months, I have worked closely with a team of nonprofit experts who have made being an intern a tremendous adventure. The team at Our Fundraising Search has taught me the fundamentals of nonprofit work, shown me the impact nonprofit organizations make, given me the tools and experience to work in nonprofit, and finally helped shape me into a person who could find enjoyment in this kind of work. I have learned the importance of search engine optimization, worked efficiently in database management, helped execute strategies to promote various products and services, and learned the essentials of good branding and campaigning. The work that nonprofits do is not only beneficial but courageous as well. This kind of work is for the strong-willed; it is for people that desire to do more for others than themselves.
What I enjoy the most about meeting various nonprofit organizers and professionals is each of their stories. If you ever ask anyone who works in a nonprofit what brought them into the job, you will most likely be hit with a personal story filled with passion, love, sometimes sadness, and a desire to do more; it is almost like a calling. I have learned many new things in this work, but I have also learned a lot about myself. I have found strength in taking chances, getting to know new people, and being ready to do more. I have not been working with nonprofits for long, but that does not mean the work has made any less of an impact on who I am and what I want to do in the future. As I grow within this work, I hope to learn more about sustaining and inspiring individuals even when the job is done.
I also want to learn more about how nonprofits work in different parts of the world. I have learned that everyone who seeks help through nonprofits has a different need and a different dream. I find the essential part of this work is for both the people who seek nonprofit help and those who work in nonprofits to come together. It is crucial to come to a mutual place of understanding. The success of a good campaign is when everyone has put in a fair share of work. Nonprofit work may not always be easy, but it is fulfilling.