Do-gooder job-and-volunteer board Idealist.org is passing the hat to fill its budget gap.
The nonprofit site matches people with volunteer opportunities and paid jobs, but as its revenue mostly comes from the fees employers pay to list their jobs on the board, the site’s been struggling to stay afloat since October 2008.
Since the site has a pretty good number of communications, writing/editing, marketing and PR jobs (and these are all full-time, paid jobs, not volunteer or pro bono opportunities), we thought you’d like to know that the site is in jeopardy.
Here’s what founder & executive director Ami Dar sent out in an e-mail today:
You know how sometimes in life you go through a bad moment, and when your friends hear about it later, they say, “Why didn’t you say something? Why didn’t you ask?”
That’s where Idealist is now, and that’s why we are asking for your help.
Very briefly, here’s what happened. Over the past ten years, most of our funding has come from the small fees we charge organizations for posting their jobs on Idealist. By September 2008, after years of steady growth, these little drops were covering 70% of our budget.
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.
That was 16 months ago, and since then we’ve survived on faith and fumes, by cutting expenses, and by getting a few large gifts from new and old friends. But now we are about to hit a wall, and that’s why we decided to ask.
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!