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It's hard living two lives. Maybe you can relate?
Specifically, leading a 9 to 5 life at a job where you "increase shareholder value" and "exceed client expectations," while at night, you spend your precious spare hours working for a cause you love … maybe pug rescue, meals for the homeless, or mental health advocacy … all to make a difference.
I wondered what it would be like to be able to bring those two lives together, in a job where I could bring my whole self to work.
About a month ago, I found myself with that opportunity. On July 3, 2017, I joined TechSoup as director of marketing communications, and it has been everything I thought it was going to be … and nothing like I thought it was going to be.
For context, I was a customer of TechSoup while at the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus; we requested some software through TechSoup's very popular product donation program. So when I walked into TechSoup 30 days ago not as a customer, but as an employee, I figured I knew the business model, the players, the market … this job would be a snap. Boy, what a difference 30 days makes.
This nonprofit social enterprise is so much more than a product catalog. I get to work with people and technologies that create a more equitable world.
Our CEO Rebecca Masisak is one of the many people here that embody those values. Just today, she was named to the 2017 NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 list. As explained further in our press release, this award recognizes innovation, influence on the broader sector, and development of organizational models that can be modeled and replicated. And it's just Tuesday!
And the data points I discovered blew away my misperceptions about TechSoup. With 70 partner NGOs around the world, TechSoup manages the only global philanthropy program that brings together over 100 tech companies to provide technology donations to NGOs everywhere.
TechSoup's data and validation services enable companies, foundations, and governments to connect their philanthropic resources with vetted NGOs around the world. Also, in the past 30 years, TechSoup has reached 937,000 NGOs and distributed technology products and grants valued at more than $9 billion.
So, no more living two lives! I love that I can combine the things I am passionate about and the work I love into one life. I'll be writing here occasionally on this topic and more. Thinking about life in social enterprise? Tweet me at @NickInSFO.
Sounds like a great fit.
They're lucky to have you and you're lucky to have them. Sounds like a great match.
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