Idealist.org, the best resource for non-profit jobs, volunteer opportunities and pretty much everything having to do with “doing good” in New York could be the next victim of the recession. Idealist sent out an appeal earlier today:
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 you’ve ever found a job, posted a job, found an internship or used Idealist to learn about the non-profit world, it’s time to give back, even if you can only give $5 or $10. Without it, many local organizations in our city will suffer.
Donate to Idealist.org here.