Here’s what it looks like to describe what we do for a living to our non-nonprofit-sector friends, with some help from Shark Tank India memes.
You finally decide to explain to your friends what your job is all about.
You ignore them and start a passionate monologue on programme design and creating impact at scale.
But you are in the zone now, talking about problems of international funding and the woes of FCRA.
However, what they are really interested in is that one controversial thing they read about in the news (tax raids, anyone?). They want some behind-the-scenes gossip, but you refuse to indulge them.
Your friends trying to convince you:
You instead start talking about how your organisation follows a flat reporting structure, and that even your interns weigh in on the organisation’s annual goals.
You also express how you’re worried about your organisation’s fundraising efforts for the next financial year.
Your one supportive entrepreneur friend:
Meanwhile, another friend joins the conversation, and your supportive friend goes on to tell them what they’ve learned about your ‘volunteer work’.
Sceptical new-entrant friend:
You, realising that this conversation has been a waste of time: