I love working with Annkissam, and one of my favorite tasks is assisting in organizing their pro bono, sales-pitch-free tech consultation events for local nonprofit professionals.
The next pro bono event will be on the evening of March 31st at the Cambridge Innovation Center.
Tech Networks of Boston and 501 Partners will be serving as co-hosts; I love to see these three mission-driven nonprofit technology assistance firms collaborating to serve nonprofit organizations.
I also love to see a wide range of other nonprofit technology mavens volunteering a few hours of their time at these events to offer consultations to any of the nonprofit guests who request assistance and advice. In addition to the immediate help that this provides to the attendees, the event is a opportunity for nonprofit techies to do skills-based volunteering together, and sends a crucial message about our ability to collaborate.
Here is the all-star March 2015 team of nptech volunteers!
Talk about first world problems! I love my clients as people. I love the projects. I love the missions. I love working on strategy. I love nonprofit technology.
In so many ways, my professional life is a dream. But it can also be very sad, because I’m always worried about becoming the consultant’s version of the overly attached girlfriend. I end up loving my clients so much that I don’t want to wrap up the project.
The truth is that I love being part of a team. I love working with the same people over time, having an office that is somewhere other than my home, and having an organizational affiliation. If someone hired me to be a full-time member of team, doing the work that I currently do, I’d be in heaven. But it currently seems that being an independent consultant is my best option for doing what I love.
I’m not wrapping up any projects at the moment, but of course I’m wrapping up the year. I want to pause and tell my past and current clients how much I love them. It really is a privilege to serve them. In my mind, they’ll always be my clients, now matter how brief the project is or how long ago it was finished. I also want to tell them that my separation anxiety is my problem, not theirs!
But most of all, I want to wish them a beautiful new 2013 – a year of peace, joy, prosperity, health, justice, and fulfillment of all their goals.