Keep Your Cup Full

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As nonprofit professionals, we pour ourselves into our work to fulfill our organizations’ missions, help others, and make a difference in this world. Chances are you’ve heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first.” I used to loathe this saying, thinking to myself, “How selfish is that, I just want to help others!” But through my health promotion training and professional development, I have found this statement to never be truer. It is hard to give it your all when there is nothing to give. Luckily, there are a few tips to follow to help refill your cup.

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Holiday Volunteering in the OKC Metro

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It hits me about the same time every year. When the last fun sized Milky Way wrapper is shamelessly tossed away and my palate aches for rich holiday foods. My spirits turn outwards and I think about the needs of others. I know I’m not the only one. Last year a federal study reported that 1 in 4 Americans spend time volunteering in their community.

As nonprofit professionals, we are aware that organizations have needs all year long. We know the value volunteers bring, so why not tap into the time of year that brings out our most altruistic qualities and recruit new volunteers to our cause? This year let’s share the holiday spirit and fill the needs of the nonprofit community in Oklahoma City. As we fill out our social calendars, set aside time to volunteer outside our own organizations and discover new causes in our community. Check out the list below of volunteer needs in Oklahoma City. Share with a friend and spread the cheer!

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More Money, Same Salary

by Pervez Soomar

It is hard enough to pay for four years of school (probably more), but its even harder to live a financially free lifestyle while you are trying to make a huge difference by working for a nonprofit, teaching, coaching, or doing anything else that involves big sacrifices with little financial payoff. Simply put, a financial free lifestyle is being able to do the things you love without having to make major financial sacrifices. According to debt.org, the average student loan debt for a 2014 graduate was $33,000. That doesn’t sound like a lot for someone who lands an investment banking gig at Goldman Sachs right after graduating, but it is a lot for someone working at a local nonprofit for $30,000 per year. Working in the service sector has its ups and downs, but it is definitely possible to continue working and while being financially free.

Oddly enough, the most financially savvy people that I have met have been the people with the lowest salaries. These people have been able to figure out how to live without the things that cause clutter, and instead concentrate on things that bring happiness. These are also the same people that end up having much more money to spend on the things they love.

There are 3 simple strategies that you need to develop in order to make working for a cause easier on your wallet.

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