“Just get a job where you make a lot of money so you can donate it to a great cause in the future.”
Intellectually this makes a lot of sense.
But there’s one problem:
If everyone with high potential decides to go into high paying, private industry jobs, who is left to actually do the work in the social impact space?
While there are many talented, and passionate people doing social good, it’s clear that the highest potential, most ambitious people are not flocking to the work.
We need innovation in the non profit sector. We need smart, empathetic people spending time on the ground and building new models for impact.
We don’t need more high potential grads heading to private industry and giving a little money to an organization with an outdated impact model and an uninspiring staff base.
Your money is helpful, but what we really need is your talent.