Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.
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For 17 years Kathy Maynard has been a business administrator for the nonprofit who started the PET Mobility Project for the leg handicapped overseas. In 2004 she became staff and board treasurer for PET Int’l when they came into being. She started out by creating an electronic database and then became treasurer for the founding pastor. As the nonprofits grew, she had more time to assist them as my children became more independent.
And this is her typical day:
Before 8:00 a.m. – I am a part time employee (average 30 hours a week), but work from home for most of my tasks. So my day usually starts with home chores, then get ready for the day, and start my non-profit work.
That might be at 7:30 or 9:30. I work for 2 mobility missions with one of those having an additional mission under its 501c3. So I do admin, communications, accounting and promotional work for 3 charities.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m – Start by scanning emails, do a quick delete, handle most and leave some unread to work on later.
Any work needing attention from previous days.
Attend work conference calls which are sometimes board meetings as one non-profits’ staff and board are located across the country.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Once or twice a week go the office, pick up my mail/bills, and chat with the boss.
I usually have lunch at home in front of the TV with my feet up; sometimes out with friends.
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Continue to look at email and pay bills as they arrive.
Occasionally take webinars. Do accounting work. Work on new or updated promotional materials.
This week we’re revising our booth display to match our new name.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Recording donations, sending thank yous and any other related tasks
After 4:00 p.m. – Maybe take extra time to write a more lengthy reply to a volunteer in another state or send a card to a sick volunteer or to one that’s lost a loved one or a special-made card as a thank you to a retiring volunteer.
I try to work on having a relationship with donors, vendors, distribution partners, and volunteers. That can help us be more successful.
Thanks for sharing your day, Kathy!
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