For ten years I had the fortune to work at an amazing nonprofit doing truly magical work as the program director. I loved the job, the people, and most of all – the mission. While the job was perfect on so many levels, I realized that I was ready for something new. I needed a new challenge and I needed to be learning new things.
Changing careers, particularly when you are leaving a place you love, is an intimidating exercise. In the moment, you are constantly questioning yourself, “Is this the right move? Can I do this work? Am I good enough?” Ultimately only you can answer those questions for yourself, but it helps to have a network of people who believe in you.
That’s why this is My WVDO. As a member of the 2014-15 Certificate of Nonprofit Fundraising class I gained the knowledge necessary to help me make that leap to development. More importantly, I built relationships with my classmates and instructors that reinforced my confidence to do this work, and strengthen my belief that I had something worthwhile to bring to the field.
One year after graduating from the course, I find myself as the Director of Advancement for Community Action, a social services nonprofit in Washington County. It is a great fit, and I’m enjoying the new challenge every day. I’m lucky to be where I am, and it wouldn’t be possible without My WVDO!