Kevin meets NIA:
How long have you worked at NIA?
I’ve officially worked for NIA since March 2007.
What did you do before that?
Before officially starting at NIA, I worked for a local company that made websites. We helped with NIA’s first Business-to-Business website in 2003.
So, I had experience with NIA and its mission prior to working officially for NIA.
How did you come to find NIA?
When the downturn in the economy made the website service industry challenging in 2006-2007, I was hired on full-time with NIA.
This seemed to be a natural fit because I was already very familiar with the NIA business portal.
The other aspect of NIA that really fit for me was NIA’s mission.
While working as a “hired gun” on web projects the prior 10 years, it seemed like everyone had a “get rich quick” scheme they wanted built for them.
With NIA, the focus on helping nonprofits that help MANY people was very appealing. And, with one job, I could actually help 20,000+ nonprofits (now more than 25,000) all at once.
Just think about how many hours you’d have to volunteer at individual nonprofits to make the same difference to the nonprofit community!
How did your job interview go?
I actually didn’t have a job interview — so lucky me!
Because of my past work experience with NIA, I was uniquely qualified to fill the position. In fact, I believe the position was created specifically for me when they heard I was available.
Can you tell us about some of your favorite/memorable nonprofits that we work with?
Since I’m in IT, I actually don’t get to work directly with the nonprofits. My work is done for the overall good of ALL our nonprofit members.
So, unfortunately, I don’t have any great stories about working with specific nonprofit organizations.
That said, when I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer, I really enjoy working with Second Harvest Food Bank (loading boxes).
How has your work at NIA affected your life and/or community involvement?
I have volunteered more after joining NIA than prior to my working here. I also think differently about donating to nonprofits than I did before starting at NIA.