Born from a desire to improve the conditions of workers across the country, the Labor Day holiday began as a day to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and impact of the American workforce.
Every nonprofit staff member knows what it’s like to work a 12-hour workday. Whether you’re at the office or taking work home with you, the commitment of a nonprofit employee is all about going above and beyond. And with smartphones and email, we live and work in a 24/7/365 world.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a break!
The Origins of Labor Day
During the Industrial Revolution, the labor movement took to the streets in protests, riots, and marches in response to unsafe conditions and excessively long work hours. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, representing the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. Since it wasn’t a recognized day off from work, organizers declared a one-day strike in the city. It would be another 12 years before Congress officially passed Labor Day as a legal holiday.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
On any given day, nonprofit fundraising staff members are hard at work communicating with donors and prospects. The fundamentals of your work—soliciting donations, stewarding donors, acknowledging gifts, analyzing your data, and reporting on activity—fill every moment of your day. You give your work everything you’ve got.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were one, integrated system that would let you do all of that quickly and efficiently? There is!
Network for Good believes in the power of small nonprofits. We believe fundraising software should save you time and improve efficiency, in order to free you up to do the good you do in your community.
We designed our fundraising software with you in mind; so you can easily track engagement, record donations, thank donors—and contact them again. From email blasts to direct mail appeals to peer-to-peer campaigns, our fundraising software is set up to keep pace with your daily workload.
Our dashboard keeps the most important fundraising and marketing information close at hand, including:
- Year-to-date donation totals
- Contributions and contacts
- Current donor activity and lapsed donor information
- Total amount raised and number of gifts
- Campaign goals and time remaining
So, treat yourself to a day off this weekend. Put down your work, step away from the office, and enjoy some well-earned relaxation. Then, find out how you can put fundraising software to work for you!
Back to School
Labor Day also marks the unofficial end of summer. One final long weekend to enjoy before classes begin again and the days get shorter. Stay tuned to Network for Good’s blog for our special Back to School series, beginning next week!