Non-Profits First ~ I learned a great lesson when my internship did not work out the way it was supposed to. I was given the gift of time to spend on Cosmetics for a Cause. One of the first things I did when I returned home for the summer from college in NYC was join Non-Profits First. Non-Profits First is a wonderful organization with the mission of “strengthening the nonprofit sector by maximizing their capacity to deliver services through accreditation, leadership, development, education and management support services.” The organization offers free classes to its members on a wide variety of topics.
I attended classes on topics ranging from how to manage a board of directors, to how to write grants, to how to make a budget. I learned so much and made many wonderful contacts in the non-profit community.
If you are involved with a non-profit, I suggest that you check out Non-Profits First. The membership dues pale in comparison to the benefits that you will receive. I was exposed to the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a non-profit which I usually never think about as I am trying to solicit cosmetic donations. They offer a variety of resources, including the wonderful people who work there, to help non-profits of all sizes.
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