Posts by Kim Davidson


Interested in graphic design, education, or sustainable tourism? Connect with your fellow Idealists!

You already know that you can come to Idealist.org to find an awesome job, volunteer opportunity, or internship, but did you know that you can also find some awesome people?

There are thousands of people working for social change on Idealist.org and they’re all right at your fingertips, ready to answer your questions, partner with you on a project, or help with an idea you’ve been developing.

This week, we’re highlighting some of our favorite members from Colorado. Don’t forget that in order to view their full profiles, you need to have a profile too. It’s super easy to sign up.

Sean Sanford

Sean is an activist, researcher, and writer. In college he studied sociology with a focus on community research and studied affordable housing in inner city DC and religious leadership in the Unitarian church. He’s also volunteered with the homeless, taught fifth graders, and worked as a charter school liaison. Need some advice or looking for help on a project? He’s pretty much your go to guy for urban community issues.

 

Katie Hallaran

 

Katie recently returned to Denver from a few years in Cambodia and Indonesia where she worked on a social enterprise called Kinyei. She also built two other small businesses to create opportunities in sustainable tourism for the local population. She’s interested in meeting other likeminded folks who are interested in social change through collaboration and social enterprise. Shoot her a message if that sounds like you.

 

Katie Hutt

 

Katie is an artist and designer who loves Audrey Hepburn, elephants and Dr. Pepper. She spent the end of last year interning in Uganda, and now she’s working as a graphic designer in Fort Collins. She’s looking for some freelance design work for small organizations on a budget, and she’s especially interested in working on women’s issues. She’s also always interested in meeting new people. Send a message to get int ouch!

Jaclyn Karnowski

 

 

Jaclyn’s all about travel for the rest of 2013. She was a math teacher in the states for five years, then taught English in Chile, and she’s looking to volunteer anywhere interesting in the U.S., Chile, Argentina, or Peru. She loves the mountains and local veggies, and she’s passionate about food systems awareness for teenagers. Know about an opportunity she should check out? Let her know!

 

Looking for more Idealists who want to connect and collaborate? Check out the previous installments of this series, and spiff up your profile to make sure people can find you on the site. Happy connecting!

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If you don’t have one already, create a profile to offer your expertise to the community, and find people who can answer your questions. Sign up here and include information about your past work and what you’re looking to get involved in. When you’re done, send a link to your profile to kim@idealist.org, and you might see yourself on our blog!

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Idealist Happy Hour: Where practical dreamers meet and greet

Here at Idealist, we’re all about connecting. We connect organizations with great volunteers, job seekers with their dream positions, and people with one another to create a more networked world, where no opportunities for action or collaboration are missed.

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Idealist.org offers an incredible online directory of people and organizations working in social impact, and the Idealist community is full of brilliant, passionate folks making the world a better place. If you’ve been reading this blog, then you know what I’m talking about.

On Tuesday, we decided to try taking our network offline. We got ourselves a little space at a nearby bar and invited a bunch of people we knew from organizations around the city to join us for an after work happy hour. We also asked them to invite some friends to come along. Almost a hundred people signed up.

Staff from education organizations mingled with volunteers from animal rescue groups. A recent graduate from an international development program chatted with the volunteer coordinator of a New Jersey community development organization. And the director of a group that teaches underserved students to make their own music teamed up with an organization that teaches children to animate in the hopes of creating movies with soundtracks.

Basically, lots of awesome people met lots of other awesome people and awesomeness ensued. We love seeing our community in real life, and we love introducing you to each other even more. We’re continually inspired by the work you all do, and we’re excited about the endless possibilities that arise when we work together.

We hope to bring happy hours like this to more cities this year, so stay tuned for an event near you!

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Unfortunately, we can’t all be in a bar together all the time, but you can always use Idealist to find people and organizations to connect with online. If you haven’t already, go to idealist.org/me, fill out your profile, and tell the community all about what you have to offer and who you’d like to meet

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Meet Idealists in Louisiana!

You already know that you can come to Idealist.org to find an awesome job, volunteer opportunity, or internship, but did you know that you can also find some awesome people?

In this post, we’re introducing you to some of the coolest people working in social impact in Louisiana. Don’t forget that in order to view their full profiles, you need to have a profile too. It’s super easy to sign up.

 

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Kimberly worked as a regional organizer in North Carolina for the Obama campaign and now she’s back in the Big Easy looking for work. Her expertise is marketing, outreach, and PR. If you’re curious about working in politics or branding for your campaign, send her a message!

 

 

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Charlotte’s worked in management consulting, biz dev for a tech start up, and operations for a social enterprise. She’s now at LifeCity, a sustainability focused organization for Louisiana’s business community. She’s always looking for connections and partnerships in that sphere, so reach out if you’re at a green business or want to learn more.

 

Idealist.org is one the greatest databases of people working in social impact positions in the world, and they’re all right at your fingertips, ready to answer your questions, partner with you on a project, or help with an idea you’ve been developing.

And if you’ve got some skills or expertise to offer up, go to idealist.org/me to create a profile for yourself. When you’re done, send a link to your profile to kim@idealist.org, and you might see yourself up here!

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Learn more about Louisiana month at Idealist. 

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Join us for Idealist 101: How your organization can make the most of Idealist

Yesterday morning, we kicked off a new series of events in the New York office called Idealist 101: How to make the most of Idealist. Representatives from 35 local organizations joined us to learn all about making their presence on Idealist the best it can be.

Matt and I presenting Idealist 101

Matt and I presenting Idealist 101

We covered how to make a great organization profile and share your work with the community, how to post listings that get you the best candidates for your open positions, tips for networking through Idealist, and all the great ways you can use the site as an individual, even if you’re already in your dream job. The event was a great success and we can’t wait to see how these organizations use our tips to find better ways to reach their audience.

Everything you see on Idealist.org – from the organization pages to all the great opportunities to get involved to the personal profiles – was created by you, our community. Every day, you’re creating the best resource in the world for finding ways to do good in the world. We want to help you do that even better.

We’ve taken our years of experience interacting with organizations, individual users, and our own site and created a great workshop on how organizations can best use our tools. If you’re working at an organization in the New York area, come join us! We’d love to meet you and help you find more ways to promote the great work you do every day.

Here are the upcoming dates, just click to RSVP and learn more.

Tuesday, April 2nd

Wednesday, April 3rd

Thursday, April 11th

And if you can’t be here in the office with us, we’ve compiled some tips for you here: http://www.idealist.org/info/Tips

For more advice, don’t hesitate to reach out. Leave a question in the comments below or shoot me an email to kim@idealist.org.

We hope to see you soon!

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Interested in French or Spanish? Or sustainability and conservation? Connect with your fellow Idealists!

Hello out there, Idealists!

You already know that you can come to Idealist.org to find an awesome job, volunteer opportunity, or internship, but did you know that you can also find some awesome people? Idealist.org is one the greatest databases of people working in social impact in the world, and they’re all right at your fingertips, ready to answer your questions, partner with you on a project, or help with an idea you’ve been developing. Here’s a sampling of some of the people who want to meet you!

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Natalie is an experienced grassroots lobbyist at the local, California state and federal levels. She also works as the coordinator of a cross-cultural center at a local community college and has worked as a social justice educator and activist. She’s looking to partner with people working on social justice projects, so shoot her a message to get in touch!

 

 

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Akhil is currently finishing his MBA in Toronto. He’s interested in entrepreneurial sustainability solutions, and he’d love an opportunity to volunteer in social impact and environmental issues in the Toronto area. He’s also got some great data skills and he speaks four languages, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you could use his help!

 

 

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Lindsay just graduated from Rutgers with a degree in French literature, and she’s looking to put her language skills to use for a nonprofit in need. She’s interested in women’s issues and healthcare, and she loves museums and new restaurants. She’d like to meet people in the New York City area, so let her know if you’re in the area and want to get in touch.

 

 

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Fatima grew up on a farm in Ohio and studied Natural Resource Management in college. She then served in AmeriCorps in Washington state, and she loves hiking, mountain biking, and camping out west. She’s looking to talk to people who’ve worked in the nonprofit sector and can share their experiences with her. If you’ve got some experience working in conservation, education, or human rights, she’d love to hear from you.

 

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Adriana is a communications intern here at Idealist.org! She’s from Colombia and works on our Spanish blog, supports our Spanish-speaking users, and manages our Spanish social media. She’d love to talk to anyone in the Latin American community who’s working on an interesting project, has a great idea, or needs help with anything. She’s also always interested in meeting anyone in NYC who’s interested in trying out new food or checking out new places.

 

Are you looking for advice? Or partners and collaborators? Do you have knowledge to share? Create a profile to offer your expertise to the community and to connect with people who can help you turn your good intentions into action. Include information about your past work and what you’re looking to get involved in. Then take a look around the site for people who can’t wait to meet you.

Happy connecting!

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Idealist Reddit Roundup: Tips on fundraising, starting a nonprofit, and more

A long, long time ago, Idealist started a subreddit at reddit.com/r/nonprofit. Since then, there’s been some of staff turnover and shuffling between offices, and our Reddit page has been woefully neglected.

We’ve recently rediscovered it, and we think it’s a great resource for spreading ideas, asking and answering questions, and following the issues facing the people and organizations working in social impact. People are talking about everything from nonprofit management to creative fundraising ideas to youth involvement, even how the sequestration will affect nonprofits.Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 1.51.28 PM

Giggidywarlock posed a question about starting a nonprofit that would organize the gaming community to fight against human trafficking. People offered some great advice on partnering with existing orgs, setting goals, and finding more resources on nonprofit administration. It’s a must read for anyone else thinking about founding an organization.

Littleshalittle asked about using Indiegogo to fundraise for a personal project. People shared how to make the most out of Indiegogo and how to use other channels to fundraise. Have you ever used Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platform? Or do you have any other advice? Go here to learn more or weigh in.

GreatRedditUsername sought advice on gathering items for a fundraising auction. Perpetualstroll, Verifiablyme and Theplayerpiano offered some great advice about creating a sponsorship package, going local, and making it easy and profitable for businesses to donate. Meanwhile Arumburg asked for commenters’ favorite unique fundraising ideas, and Bballpurdue22 solicited advice about using a “polar plunge” to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Thumbintofreedom received some helpful advice about lowering expenses at a food bank. Soujournadjourned gave DaisyLyman some words of wisdom about breaking into grant writing. And Xenocidal started a thread about where to start when looking for a nonprofit career.

Do you have advice to offer? Or a burning question you need answered? Head on over to the nonprofit Reddit page to join the conversation!

 

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It’s Pi Day! Here are ways you can celebrate and do good

Photo Credit: amitp, Creative Commons/Flickr

Photo Credit: amitp, Creative Commons/Flickr

Today’s the day to celebrate everyone’s favorite mathematical constant! The ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter, pi has been calculated to over a trillion digits and continues indefinitely without repetition or any pattern. But we often round it to 3.14, so today, March 14th, is Pi Day. Hope you’re all having a great one so far. If you haven’t planned out your Pi Day celebration just yet, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There are lots of ways to get more math in your life.

STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and math – are some of the hottest topics in education and careers today. STEM advocates encourage investing resources and attention into these fields and work to expand the capacity and diversity of the STEM work force.

Great Minds in STEM in California recognizes Hispanic excellence in STEM and recruits college students and job seekers to move into these fields.  Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, the Latino STEM Alliance is working with urban youth to create a pathway into STEM careers, and Colorado MESA has been doing the same for thirty years for minorities statewide.

Girls and women are underrepresented in these fields, but bunch of great organizations are working to change that, and they need your help. GetMagic is looking for mentors to work with girls interested in computer science in San Jose.  If you’re in Brooklyn, volunteer as a Program Director at STEM from Dance to use dance to encourage minority high school girls to pursue STEM careers. And Science Club for Girls in Cambridge is seeking a volunteer event coordinator, science mentors, and they’re hiring a senior director of programs.

Or inspire future generations to discover the wonder of pi by becoming a math teacher. From Cleveland to Vegas to Memphis, wherever you are, there’s an opportunity to be the first to tell someone about pi.

And, of course, there’s no reason not to indulge in a little actual pie on Pi Day. Pie Ranch works to create a new generation of farmers, educators, entrepreneurs and advocates who can work together build a healthy, sustainable and inclusive food system. They’re currently looking for a farm stand manager in Pescadero, CA. Or check out the Texas Pie Kitchen. Their small business development program equips adults with barriers to employment with baking skills and other training to help them to obtain and maintain financial self-sufficiency.

Help build a better future by investing in education and capacity building today. Channel your love of pi by mentoring girls in the sciences, advancing minorities in STEM careers, or teaching math to middle schoolers. Or use your love of pie to improve food systems or build career skills for those in need. Have a great Pi Day and may your good deeds continue indefinitely!

 

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What’s it like to work in a museum or volunteer with youth in Kenya? Let an Idealist tell you!

The Idealist community is a vibrant collection of individuals looking to make the world a better place.

Want to learn more about them and introduce yourself? Just click on their photos and send a message!

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Since 2006, Danielle’s worked at three different museums in Massachusetts, doing everything from marketing to development to education. Right now, she’s working at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, MA. Curious about working in a museum? Danielle knows them inside out!

 

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Alena’s been working in administrative support for years, and she’s currently getting her degree in business administration. In the meantime, she’s looking for a weekend volunteer gig, and she’s interested in meeting fellow young professionals, artists, and activists in the Detroit area. Shoot her a message to get in touch.

 

Kennedy Rotich

 

Kennedy works with Konoin Youth Center in Rift Valley, Kenya. He believes reaching young people in rural areas is key to fighting illiteracy, poverty, and HIV, and if you’re passionate about working with rural youth, particularly, in Kenya, he’d like to meet you.

 

 

Morgan LaForge

 

Morgan is a photographer and videographer looking for an opportunity to help out nonprofits. She’s looking for clients, collaborators, and opportunities to offer her skills pro bono. Take a look at her website, and let her know how you’d like to work together!

 

 

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Elena works at Idealist managing our Spanish site, Idealistas.org. She’s always interested in meeting with social entrepreneurs in the Spanish speaking community in the U.S., Latin America, and around the world! Do you know someone she should get in touch with? Or are you working on a project you think she should know about? Send her a message!

 

 

Are you looking for advice? Or partners and collaborators? Do you have knowledge to share? Create a profile to offer your expertise to the community and to connect with people who can answer your questions, partner with you on a project, or help with an idea you’ve been developing. Include information about your past work and what you’re looking to get involved in. Happy connecting!

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Connect with your fellow Idealists!

Photo credit: JD Hancock, Creative Commons/Flickr

Photo credit: JD Hancock, Creative Commons/Flickr

The Idealist community is a vibrant collection of individuals looking to make the world a better place. We’re the staff and board members of multinational organizations and the weekend volunteers at small local charities; we’re social workers and development professionals; social entrepreneurs and students. We cover every issue, and we’re in every country.

In this series, we’ll meet some members of Idealist who are out to do good in the world. You can get to any of their profiles by clicking on their picture. Then just click Send a Message to reach out!

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Heather James is a board member at the White Roof Project. She’s looking for fellow energy sector professionals to collaborate with in New York City, so shoot her a message if you’re so inclined.

 

 

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Robin Canfield makes short documentaries on changemakers in the developing world. Know someone he should profile? Or are you a media student who’d like to work on a film about social change? Get in touch!

 

 

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Henry Suarez Monje has worked and volunteered for over 12 years in case management, counseling, ex-convict reentry, domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness. Considering a career in these issues? Henry’s got lots of wisdom to share.

 

 

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Brylee Lamb is a clinical psychologist who’ll be traveling in Latin America for the next year or so. She’d like to volunteer with youth or victims of trauma. Let her know if you have any recommendations!

 

 

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Kim Davidson is the writer of this very blog post! I work on Idealist’s community engagement team. Have you found a great opportunity, met someone awesome, or discovered useful resources on Idealist? Tell me all about it!

 

Are you looking for advice? Or partners and collaborators? Do you have knowledge to share? Create a profile to offer your expertise to the community and to connect with people who can answer your questions, partner with you on a project, or help with an idea you’ve been developing. Include information about your past work and what you’re looking to get involved in. Happy connecting!

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Opportunity Spotlight: Human Rights Day

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December 10th is Human Rights Day, commemorating the UN General Assembly’s 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of its first major achievements. This year, the theme is how to ensure that all people make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

Want to get involved? Get started by taking a look at our introduction to human rights work.  Then check out Human Rights Watch, an organization investigating human rights abuses and bringing international attention to injustices worldwide, challenging those in power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. They’re currently seeking interns to work on diversity initiatives, a London film festival, and their Middle East and North Africa research. They’re also seeking full-time help in their Health and Human Rights division and in their research on Mexico.

To get involved in the United States, take a look at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. They’re looking for a Senior Program Officer in Arlington. Or check out the American Civil Liberties Union, which has been fighting for individual rights since 1920 and needs people to fill forty positions ranging from attorneys to executive directors to project managers in New York, DC, San Francisco, and St. Louis. If you’re interested in LGBT rights advocacy, visit the Human Rights Campaign. They need someone to develop their online properties and social media presence, so if you’re got some web development chops, check out the position they have open right now.

And if you’re looking to keep your job search on theme for this year’s Human Right’s Day, take a look at the Texas Organizing Project. They make sure that the voices of low-income Texans are heard in the political process. Get on board as their new Director of Voter Engagement.

If you’d rather volunteer, take a look at these great opportunities to make a difference. And if you’re still curious about human rights work, shoot a message to one of these folks to chat about their experiences.

There are lots of ways to fight for human rights around the world and around the corner. No matter what your skill set or interests, there’s a human rights opportunity out there for you. Are you looking for a position defending human rights? Or are you already deep in the trenches? Tell us about it!

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