Are You A Nonprofit Fish?

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Are You A Nonprofit Fish?

Community nonprofits do have share a nonprofit culture, although it can be quite different from organization to organization. Take this quiz to see if you're a fish that's completely comfortable living in the nonprofit ocean, or whether you're a cat (you can swim, but you don't like to get wet.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is...
    • A. 

      Feed my pet and children.

    • B. 

      Shower, dress, get off to work.

    • C. 

      Shower, dress, and get organized for the day.

    • D. 

      Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on the news.

    • E. 

      I start twittering or IMing.

  • 2. 
    When driving my car and someone cuts me off,  I hit the brakes and...
    • A. 

      Thank God I wasn’t killed.

    • B. 

      Sigh. I wish people were more considerate.

    • C. 

      I’m gonna tailgate this guy and make him sorry for this.

    • D. 

      Well that’s just par for the course.

    • E. 

      The police should be patrolling this road more!

  • 3. 
    When I see an apparently homeless person passed out on the street...
    • A. 

      I ask other people to help by calling 911.

    • B. 

      I look to see if other people are concerned.

    • C. 

      I check out to make sure s/he is not dead and call 911.

    • D. 

      I see it a lot and most homeless people prefer to be left alone.

    • E. 

      I ask other people if they think s/he is alright.

  • 4. 
    You’re at a nonprofit conference.  The lunch table topic is “Why are you working in the nonprofit sector?”  You say…
    • A. 

      I want to work at a socially responsible organization.

    • B. 

      I like the mission of my nonprofit, people not money.

    • C. 

      It feels like family to me.

    • D. 

      There is no other place I want to be.

    • E. 

      I wanted to give back to my community.

  • 5. 
    Your shelter director just called, none of the volunteers showed up to prepare lunch, what do you do?
    • A. 

      What? Perhaps we won’t serve lunch today.

    • B. 

      Eek, let me call the volunteer list.

    • C. 

      Hmmm. I am wondering if we are getting the right kind of volunteers.

    • D. 

      Oh well, the office staff will have to fill in today.

    • E. 

      Let me twitter some of my friends.

  • 6. 
    At the board meeting the executive director announces that a major donor turned down a grant request busting next year’s budget.  As board chair, what do you do?
    • A. 

      Ask for an evaluation of what went wrong.

    • B. 

      Call the donor to explain why our program is so important.

    • C. 

      Send out a fundraising letter.

    • D. 

      Ask the executive director to call our other funders and look for new grants.

    • E. 

      Send out a fundraising letter.

  • 7. 
    At the staff retreat the executive director looks at you and asks “how can we improve our organization?"
    • A. 

      Focus on our mission.

    • B. 

      Set clear goals and objectives with regular feedback from staff.

    • C. 

      Make sure we have reasonable pay and good benefits.

    • D. 

      Make sure we have a good working environment.

    • E. 

      Give me a voice in decision making and an opportunity to try new things.

  • 8. 
    You’re in the break room and see that there is just one slice left of that delicious gingerbread a staff member brought in.  What do you do?
    • A. 

      Eat it. Snooze you lose.

    • B. 

      I’m on a diet.

    • C. 

      Cut off a small piece and savor it.

    • D. 

      Go ask for the recipe so I can make one.

    • E. 

      Slice it into 12 pieces and take one.

  • 9. 
    When I am not at the office, I…
    • A. 

      Organize or participate in community events.

    • B. 

      Take care of my family and home.

    • C. 

      Volunteer as a mentor for kids.

    • D. 

      Attend board meetings and public hearings.

    • E. 

      Spend time with friends.

  • 10. 
    You are about to do a workshop for twenty people and your tech guy tells you the projector just broke.  What do you do?
    • A. 

      The show must go on. Make some handouts and wing it.

    • B. 

      Cancel the workshop and refund the money. We’ll try another day.

    • C. 

      I’ll just use a flip chart with markers.

    • D. 

      I’ll just use my laptop and everyone can gather round.

    • E. 

      Darn. I’ll just make it a group discussion.

  • 11. 
    Three of your donated computers mysteriously crashed and aren’t coming back to life.  The executive director asks for your help and you say…
    • A. 

      I’ll call my friends and see if we can borrow their laptops.

    • B. 

      We’ll just go back to using the paper forms.

    • C. 

      What? I can’t work without a computer.

    • D. 

      We need to make a technology plan.

    • E. 

      Let me make some calls. I think I can get some replacements.

  • 12. 
    On my deathbed I want to look back and know...
    • A. 

      Lots of family and friends will remember me.

    • B. 

      I helped people.

    • C. 

      I will know why I lived.

    • D. 

      I got rich beyond my wildest dreams.

    • E. 

      I made a major contribution to mankind.