“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”
Sara: English major/Gender and Sexuality Studies minor, working at a nonprofit that gets young women ready for and interested in running for office/maybe soon applying to grad school, writer, clarinetist.
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#what a right thinking human he has turned out to be
Song Of The Day
Released eighteen years ago yesterday, “Wannabe” is a undisputed pop classic.
this movie was way too heavy for its intended age group
it’s actually really perfect for all ages because when kids learn this stuff early in life it stays with them
DW + Favorite Scenes
Fleetwood Mac | ‘Dreams’
i need a new bra, looks like it’s time to take out a fucking loan
“Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”
Shut up already.
And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection.
As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…
A friend of mine posted an update from one of HER friends to FB earlier. Her dad has ALS. The ALS foundation came out to see if they could put in a ramp for his wheelchair, but they couldn’t afford it because of the kind of ramp he needed for the kind of house they had.
This week they called back and said hey, the thing is, we suddenly have a bunch of money, so we’re coming out to build that ramp. And they did. She posted pics.
So if you feel like bitching about the ice bucket challenge…reconsider.
There’s so much more the organisations like the ALSA and American Cancer Association besides “finding a cure.” They also put so much into making other things possible, including education. They have to, because no one else is going to. Education includes providing information to patients and their families, to doctors, and to the public at large.
Don’t bitch about these organisations. They do much, much more than look for cures. They do many great, wonderful things for the people dealing with these diseases right now.
My two cents as a nonprofit employee who’s done a lot of digging into our finances (as part of my job, not being creepy or anything): the standards that donors (corporations, foundations, etc.) look for are actually impossible. There is no way to actually do anything without spending a ton of money on “overhead”. That is to say, PEOPLE are expensive. And let me perfectly clear: the three of us at my org are rather UNDERpaid and we have ZERO benefits. And so what do orgs often have to do, according to those in the know who have given us advice? They publish budgets that might contain some fuzzy math on how much staff time is devoted to non-overhead tasks in order to spread out salaries and benefits into buckets that look good to donors.
When really, it would be nice if donors, you know, recognized the value of the people doing the work and didn’t create artificially low ceilings for how to reflect that value in a public budget.
Ok, so, I work for an org that works to get young women interested in politics, but we also do tons of mentoring, particularly surrounding the young women in our network needing help getting a job.
It’s incredibly common to feel like there aren’t any jobs—even entry-level jobs—that you’re totally qualified for. Everyone’s familiar with the entry-level position that requires 3 years of experience, right? Or there’s a job you can totally see yourself doing and loving and excelling at, but they have a list of 15 qualifications and you only meet 8.
So, what do you do?
Well, here’s my answer, based on being jointly responsible for hiring multiple rounds of interns, on hearing from tons of professionals about their career paths, and on hearing direct advice from professionals who hire people:
***Don’t make the mistake of only applying to things you feel perfectly qualified for based on the descriptions!***
More advice with plenty of gifs below. Seriously, it’s good info and includes a great example of a really cool woman who works at the White House!
Folding Chair —Regina Spektor
"Come and open up your folding chair next to me. My feet are buried in the sand and there’s a breeze."
This is a big win for anti-rape activists, many of whom have been touting the necessity of an “affirmative consent” standard for years. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has the next month to sign the bill into law. If he does, schools across the state would be required to define consent before engaging in sexual activity as an “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” or risk losing state financial aid funding.