An Opening Note
Welcome to Second Day! We’ve spent hundreds of hours over the last six months launching this organization because we believe that the status quo is intolerable. Following President Johnson’s war on poverty, the poverty rate in the US dropped to 11.1% by 1973. More than 50 years later, it has remained almost unchanged at 14.8%. Despite Americans giving more than $400B per year to nonprofits and 12 million people working for nonprofits or social enterprises, not much is changing. This can be blamed on stigmas surrounding poverty, poor funding practices, the complexity of social problems, a lack of innovation, or any number of reasons. Ultimately though, these human problems have a human solution and we have not come close to finding it. If we enabled the most talented people across the US to commit their full-time effort to these challenges, then we would be well on our way. That isn’t happening today.
Today, there are a lot of stigmas surrounding social sector jobs. People perceive them as a refuge for the people who couldn't cut it in the corporate world or who are hopelessly idealistic. To many, a job with a social sector organization means taking a huge pay cut, working in a harder professional environment, and stagnating in their career. A lot of this is derived from real challenges with social sector jobs, but it has also become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Great people are scared off from working for social sector organizations and the resulting dysfunction scares away more people.
Fortunately, these stigmas are not wholly accurate. Amidst a group of two million nonprofits and social sector organizations, some are doing truly incredible things. They are embracing innovation and new funding approaches. They are investing in talent and thinking critically about the inter-related aspects of poverty. These organizations represent our best hope for change, but they need bright and ambitious people on their team in order to succeed.
We’re launching Second Day to connect talented individuals with impactful mission-driven organizations. We envision a world where solving the most challenging social issues is the most prestigious, respected, and desired career path available. We’ve been sorting through thousands of social impact jobs across the country and have started posting the ones we’ve vetted on our job board. We’re producing content to highlight the exciting social impact careers that others have enjoyed and trying to help you jump start your own. We hope this is only the beginning. We want our work to reward employers with strong talent practices so that they further their impact and so that other organizations improve their own practices. We hope that the people we support into their first social impact job will embark on a career of meaning and change across a number of organizations and industries.
If we are serious about making a dent in the social issues that we care about, then we must make fundamental changes to the approach of government, funders, and ourselves. None of this is going to be accomplished with incremental changes to the status quo or by just pulling on one lever: it’s going to take a wave of new energy and talent. And so, rather than trying to take on one of these problems ourselves, we have decided to invest in you. No matter what you are passionate about or what specific skills you bring to the table, we need people who are dissatisfied with the status quo. We believe that connecting the brightest minds to the problems that matter is the best way that we can fight for a better future.
Will you join us?
Phil, Brigit, and Mariam