A bit of a geek, I love learning how to maximize my social media efforts and to validate my organization's current choice in prioritizing the design of a responsive website. Figuring these concepts out isn't easy stuff, however. Neither is researching how to add files in a Drupal-based website, designing my first issue of a Constant Contact newsletter, mapping out an online volunteer management database, navigating between two Instagram accounts on an aging personal iPhone, or half of the other tasks I take on in any given day. Between responsibilities for fundraising and community engagement and volunteer management and public relations efforts... I've found myself carrying a much larger personal "tool box" than many of my peers in the standard business community.
Is carrying a bigger tool box becoming the new norm for nonprofit leaders? Am I the only one who sometimes feels a little weighted down by the demands of embracing an ever-widening array of job responsibilities? Are nonprofit boards of directors and executive directors going to increasingly expect professionals to be experts in a little bit of everything? Are they going to support their new and seasoned employees with larger training and tech tool budgets?
I don't have all the answers... But I'm definitely interested in hearing how organizations you work with are tackling these tough issues!