Does Idealist.org make idealists wake up to a scary reality?

via my buddy Garen on his Facebook status:

Typical Idealist.org Job Posting:

Title: Data Entry Minion

Responsibilities: Grueling busywork

Qualifications: PhD in Astrophysics or related field, plus 150 years related experience required.

Salary Range: <$20,000

This joke is only a little bit of an exaggeration. Disconnect between qualifications and salary is huge in the nonprofit world, especially with respect to the years of experience not moving you up on the financial ladder piece of it. Also, I think people so driven towards change by a powerful mission can forget that busywork is very much a part of it, especially as many nonprofits are understaffed.

Idealist.org is great, don’t get me wrong, but I think it can definitely be a bit disheartening and a reality-check for do-gooders everywhere. Change ain’t easy.

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