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9 Harry Potter Quotes to Inspire Nonprofit Professionals


By Ellie Burke

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Sometimes all you need to feel a fresh sense of inspiration for your job is a bit of rest and recuperation. Often, that looks like indulging—or re-indulging—in a good story. Many classics, such as the Harry Potter series, are treasure troves of wisdom and year-round inspiration that will get you re-energized for work.

To help you recharge when you need it most, we collected a few favorite Harry Potter quotes (and paired them with self-care statements) that will have you feeling ready to conquer your nonprofit work in no time, confidence anew.

Focus on What’s in Your Control

No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it. What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.

There’s only so much you can control when it comes to the day-to-day happenings in your work as a nonprofit professional. While the unknown can be a common source of anxiety, if you want to be as successful and productive as possible, you’re better off focusing on the impact you can create right now using the tools in your arsenal.

Self-Care Statement

I am equipped to handle what comes my way with grace and confidence.

Give a Voice to the Voiceless

You do realize that your sheets are changed, your fires lit, your classrooms cleaned, and your food cooked by a group of magical creatures who are unpaid and enslaved?

The world is not a perfect place. As a nonprofit professional, you’re likely privy to vital information about your beneficiaries and the challenges they face that should be more publicly understood. Your work not only helps those in need, but raises awareness and grants the public the opportunity to make a difference.

Self-Care Statement

I stand up and speak up for [insert your cause].

Collaborate or Crumble

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

True social progress is only possible when we work together. Have you built time in your schedule to engage with peers and share industry learnings? Nonprofit conferences are a great way to keep a pulse on what’s working and to ensure you continue to learn in your role.

Self-Care Statement

I take time to proactively learn in my role and I am not afraid to ask for help as I work toward [insert goal].

Work With the Information You Have

Looking ahead is an important component of working at a nonprofit, and forecasting can be an especially useful way to set goals and determine key tactics.

Yet a balance of forward and present thinking is key—in life, and in business—to a productive and flexible work environment that encourages quick thinking and maintaining a pulse on real-time results.

Self Care Statement

I know when to operate in the here and now and seek to simplify my work wherever possible.

Know We’re More Alike Than We are Different

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

One of the many beautiful things about working at a nonprofit is that mission-focused work often unites individuals with diverse backgrounds that share common drives. Common social impact goals have the power to mobilize forces around the globe in the name of progress and change.

Self-Care Statement

I know what makes us different makes us beautiful and I seek to surround myself with like-hearted individuals.

Keep on Keepin’ On

It is important to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated.

Nonprofit work can feel like an uphill battle when you’re tackling widespread and serious social issues. To ensure you stay energized in your role, find ways to stay connected with your mission and the community you serve often. Remind yourself what’s really at stake.

Self Care Statement

I am a soldier of good and my fight has only just begun.

Play the Long Game

We all must face the choice between what is right, and what is easy.

Sometimes, what’s best for your organization right now isn’t what’s going to lead you to long-term success. To realize big future gains your team may need to sacrifice short-term results. For example, taking the time to build and maintain a recurring giving program is a tactic that may not yield as significant immediate results as others, but one that has the potential to grow into a source of serious sustainable revenue for your organization.

Self-Care Statement

I weigh all available information to make the best decisions possible and prioritize long-term success.

Get Stuff Done

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

There’s little you can’t achieve with the right plan, tools, and frame of mind. Write specific and measurable goals and share them with your team or assigned accountability partners to start making the impossible possible.

Self-Care Statement

I am a daring nonprofit warrior and can achieve anything I put my mind to.

Never Give Up

If there’s something nonprofit professionals can relate to, it’s unrequited love. Nonprofit work can feel thankless at times. In your daily grind, it can be a challenge to remember why you do what you do. In these moments, you can take pride in the fact that yes, after all this time, you’re always going to be in your mission’s corner. You’re always going to stand up for what you know in your heart to be right.

Self-Care Statement

I know my heart will show me the way.


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