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Disappointed in your favorite nonprofit? Listen to Kristin

December 9, 2009

Kristin Ivie offered some tips on Social Citizens Blog last week for any idealist from the Millenial generation who feels disappointment about a nonprofit we love. These tips could pay off for someone from any generation, because we all can get burned out or lose perspective, even though we still love our community.

Kristin has four suggestions, starting with VOLUNTEERING. Whether you receive a paycheck from a nonprofit or just support one, you may find yourself seeing things that just don’t work the way they should. You can refresh your perspective through giving your time to another organization.

The chance to volunteer brings the opportunity for a reality check. Being idealistic, a prime Millenial characteristic, is a great thing, but you can do more with a dose of reality — then try to figure out the best you can do in an admittedly imperfect world.

Kristin’s third point is to spend time with a mentor. That goes for people of all ages, because all of us can gain from the perspective of someone who has been around longer. Whether you are 25 or 55, you can find someone to learn from.

Her final tip may be the most important. If you are really concerned, but just moan to yourself and your friends, you’re not really helping the situation. Find the right way to tell your favorite nonprofit about your concerns.

We’d love to hear from Millenials and others who face similar challenges in strengthening our social citizenship.

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