If you're like us, or the non-profits you're supporting in your philanthropy, you might have been told or absorbed the idea "that if you 'do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. 'Whether it's working for "exposure" and "experience," or enduring poor treatment in the name of 'being part of the family,' all employees are pushed to make sacrifices for the privilege of being able to do what we love."
Our Coffee Chat discussion is based on the book, Work Won't Love You Back by Sarah Jaffe, a preeminent voice on labor, inequality, and social movements, which examines, through an intersectional lens, this "labor of love" myth —the idea that certain work is not really work, and therefore should be done out of passion instead of pay. Join us to discuss: How are people in philanthropy pushed to allow our work to take over our lives? How do our workplaces perpetuate that "labor of love" myth? How does philanthropy perpetuate this issue in the non-profits we fund, and how can we help change that? What can we individually stop doing to make room for more of what brings us joy, fulfillment, and rest?
You don't have to read the book to join this discussion! If you do, Chapter 5 focuses on non-profits and philanthropy; and don't forget that the whole book is applicable, because if you're working in philanthropy - you're a worker! If you're interested in learning more about the premise behind Jaffe's book, here are a few grounding resources.
- Read a good summary of the book in this article by Mary Retta from bitchmedia.
- Focused on the reproductive rights movement, this interview from REPROjobs also explores Jaffe's broader writing on non-profits and philanthropy, and working conditions for non-profit workers.
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.