Published by Peggy on 01 Feb 2010 at 02:03 pm
Ami Dar, Founder and Executive Director of Idealist.org, has made the site a key resource for the nonprofit sector. They now need everyone’s support to overcome the financial crisis and stay in business.
Idealist: the “one stop shop” for jobs in the nonprofit sector
Idealist, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995, has become synonymous with finding jobs and volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector. But because of the economic downturn, fewer organizations have been posting jobs, which has drastically reduced Idealist’s main source of funding. Right now Idealist is making a call to its community for help and donations.
Why you should help Idealist
In challenging times like now, it is even more important that we stand together as a community and reflect on what is important to our ongoing success as a sector. Idealist.org has changed many lives – for over 10 years the site has brought many young professionals into social-cause-related work, people who might otherwise be working for for-profit companies. It is now our time to help Idealist: Let’s all pledge to donate even a small amount, like $10, so they will continue to thrive and offer this critical service which they are so good at doing.
Join me in celebrating Idealist by making a donation today: any and all contributions welcome!
Ami Dar’s reflections and original call for help:
You know how sometimes in life you go through a bad moment, and when
your friends hear about it later, they say, “Why didn’t you say
something? Why didn’t you ask? We would have helped.”
That’s where Idealist is now, and I am writing to ask for your help.
Very briefly, here’s what happened. Over the past ten years, most of
our funding has come from the small fees we charge organizations for
posting their jobs on Idealist. By September 2008, after years of
steady growth, these little drops were covering 70% of our budget.
Then, in October of that year, the financial crisis exploded, many
organizations understandably froze their hiring, and from one week to
the next our earned income was cut almost in half, leaving us with a
hole of more than $100,000 each month.
That was 16 months ago, and since then we’ve survived on faith and
fumes, by cutting expenses, and by getting a few large gifts from new
and old friends. But now we are about to hit a wall, and this is why I
am reaching out to you.
If over the past 15 years Idealist has helped you or a friend find a
job, an internship or a volunteer opportunity; connect with a person,
an idea or a resource; or just feel inspired for a moment, now we need
your help. I wouldn’t be asking, and not like this, if this were not a
There are two ways you can help. First, if you can, please make a
Some people in this community are not in a position to contribute
right now, so if you are, please give as generously as you can. Thank you!
Second, please spread the word about this appeal by sharing this
message with friends and colleagues who may have benefited from
Idealist over the years. Since 1995 Idealist has touched hundreds of
thousands of lives. If in the next week or two we can reach everyone
who’d give us a hand if they knew we are in trouble, I believe we’ll
come out of this crisis even stronger than before.
I believe this because while this has been a tough stretch, I’ve never
been more optimistic about the future. The content on Idealist has
never been richer, our traffic is surging, we are building a whole new
Idealist.org that will be released later this year, and the potential
for connecting people, ideas, and resources around the world has never
been more urgent or more exciting.
Your contribution will allow us to maintain all our services
(summarized below), and it will also give us some time to diversify
our funding. Being able to breathe, recover, and plan ahead for a few
months will be an incredible blessing.
Thanks so much for your support. Idealist has always been a
community-driven site, and we can’t do this work without you.
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