Wooo Hoooo! Lets pack the bags for Cabo baby, the economy is finally back on the come up! I admit, when I first heard the economy was growing faster than Heidi Montag’s cup size, I was skeptical, but after reading the headlines, how can I not get excited for the good ole days to return?? Hell, even Ford Motors, who was a hop-skip away from being tossed in the pile with Pontiac and DeLorean, posted their first profit in 4 years! Anyone who would’ve been able to predict that would’ve surely been labeled an idealist. But a question that remains mysteriously unanswered: where the f*ck are the jobs?
Well if they don’t return soon, we may have no idealists left. An unfortunate situation has spurred yuptivists around the globe to put aside their differences (SIGG vs. Kleen Kanteen, Organic wine vs. biodynamic wine, Vampire Weekend vs. Phoenix etc.) and offer some support is the financial trouble idealist.org has recently found themselves in. Idealist is a great site to connect people to volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, and events geared towards world changers. Since the financial crisis hit a couple falls ago, they’ve been struggling to make ends meet. Here are some snippets of the statement they released last week:
Over the past ten years, most of our funding has come from the small fees we charge organizations for posting their jobs on Idealist…Then, in October of that year, the financial crisis exploded, many organizations understandably froze their hiring, and from one week to the next our earned income was cut almost in half, leaving us with a hole of more than $100,000 each month….If over the past 15 years Idealist has helped you or a friend find a job, an internship or a volunteer opportunity; connect with a person, an idea or a resource; or just feel inspired for a moment, now we need your help. Thank you!
Situations like this suck for a couple of reasons. First, idealist is a great organization. As someone who works for a tech nonprofit whose services overlap with idealist’s in a few areas, I’ve paid close attention to what they’ve done and a lot of my inspiration has come from some stuff the team over there has worked on in the past. Second, I think that it’s going to be tough for them to jockey for a position in the donation queue, with Haiti still holding the top spot, and rightfully so. I’m hoping that this small business tax credit Obama has laid out will help them out. Either that or I hope they’ve already bought the domain names “pessimist.org” or “f*ckwallstreet.org”. If you consider idealist your homie and wanna help ‘em out, you can do so right hurr’.