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15 GIFs That Sum Up Your Nonprofit Life

The nonprofit sector, like any industry, comes with its own trials and triumphs. Whatever your organization’s cause or size, there are a few feelings we can all identify with. Here are 15 GIFs that capture what it’s like for nonprofit professionals.

1. When a celebrity (or anyone with over 1,000 Twitter followers) mentions your organization.

2. When you present to a major donor and they shut you down.

3. When you submit your grant application two minutes before the deadline.


4. “Oh you work for a nonprofit? I bet you’re getting some good career experience.”

This is my career.

5. When you hit your campaign’s capital goal.


6. “I don’t give to charities. They’re all corrupt.”

7. “Why would we spend money on fundraising?”

What? Are you serious?

8. When you secure a matching partner.

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9. When you wrote an awesome email appeal…and forgot to include the donation page link.

10. When someone who’s never donated before makes a recurring gift.


11. “I work for a nonprofit.” “Oh, like a volunteer?”

Volunteers are amazing! But I’ve gone pro.

12. When your fundraising event SELLS OUT!


13. When a longtime supporter hasn’t donated in over two years.

14. At the end of your annual gala.

15. When you see the impact your work is making.


Did we miss anything? Add your own GIFs in the comments!

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  • Eric

    When you get an email that there’s leftovers from a meeting.

    • Ha! That’s great Eric. Thanks for contributing. Any organization, any time, anywhere, everyone loves leftovers!

  • R Campbell

    Forgot one…hunting for donors!

  • vgnfrk

    These are all accurate. I think I’d just add one, though. Something about people who work in corporations who want to make a switch to nonprofit work . . . First, take on the other roles and responsibilities of 6 of your co-workers for 5 years with half of the money, half of the pay, and a third of the vacation time. Then you will be able to work for a nonprofit.

    • Melissa Elgersma

      Not exactly the same but how about when, yet again, someone from the corporate sector gets hired instead of someone promoted from within?

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