What’s your nonprofit unicorn name/title? Find out here


[Image description: A painting of three unicorns prancing in water. The unicorns are all white with spiral horns. All of them are facing our left, mostly in three-quarter profile. The sky and water are dark blue with splashes of white. Image obtained from Pixabay.com]

Hi everyone, I was writing a post about how we nonprofits can be more environmentally friendly. But yesterday was National Unicorn Day, so colleagues emailed me unicorn pictures and name generators. One of these generators has me as “Dandelion Pretty Pony” and has this description: “Dandelion is a little bit crazy. He is as pretty as a picture, and he brings the sunshine and chases away clouds.” Does that sound like me at all? Does that sound like any of us?! Not to mention it is insensitive to people with mental illness. 

Like all of you, I’ve been kept awake by the sad and disrespectful state of unicorn name generators. So instead of finishing the post on being green—it’ll be published next Monday—I created a unicorn name chart specifically for us nonprofit (including foundation) unicorns. Find out what your #nonprofitunicornname and title are, and write them in the comment section. Don’t forget your nonprofit’s unicorn name, based on your org’s acronym. Share this post with your friends and colleagues. 

Here’s a PDF file you can print (or not print) for your next board meeting, staff meeting, or volunteer orientation. 

You’re welcome!


Cerulean Dappled Sunrise, the Breath of Meetings 

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126 thoughts on “What’s your nonprofit unicorn name/title? Find out here

  1. Virginia Nugent

    Cerulean Dizzy Starfire
    Harvester of Flipcharts.

    My joke job title is Grand Pooh Bah.

  2. Pam Anderson

    Buttery Royal Hooves, Breath of Community. Well I do community development, so I guess it’s close.

  3. Stephanie McGencey

    Sassy Crystal Wings, Harvester of Sustainability-from this fun exercise to God’s ears-SUSTAINABILITY!

  4. Elizabeth Berman

    Feisty Nocturnal Bubbles, Healer of Conference Calls (this sounds like I pass gas during late-night teleconferences to lighten the mood!)

  5. Lillian Murphy

    Dancing Royal Wings, Healer of Crappy Printers – ! As an administrative assistant, this totally fits.

  6. Cheryl Slavin

    Vermillion Royal Moonbeam, Avenger of Data! I’m going to invoke this persona every time I have to ask my colleagues for reporting data. Happy Unicorn Day!

  7. betty barcode

    Vermilion Dizzy Sunflower, Healer of Data.
    Since I am a librarian, I can legitimately work that into a mission statement or strategic plan somewhere.

  8. Shana Bradley

    Sassy Sudden Bubbles, Breath of In-Kind Donations (should probably lay off the carbonated beverages…).

  9. Y. Caldera-Durant

    Carefree Nebula Glitter. Seeker of Meetings. I’m all about connecting people so this works for me.

  10. Carol Clarke

    This post is only 3 seconds long, and still you had me snorting into my chai tea, Mr. Le. With deep appreciation for your wanton wit from Vermillion Distant Nebula, Tamer of Community.

  11. Rachel watts

    Ephemeral Sudden Brambles, Whisperer of Justice.
    The title is so what I am am going with from now on!!!

  12. Gretchen Bourg

    “Fluffy Royal Bubbles, Tamer of Innovation” Does this make me a flatulent unicorn who is afraid of change?!

  13. Erin

    Feisty Pastel Moonbeam, Seeker of Left-over Snacks.

    Hilarious – just what I needed today. Thanks, Vu!

  14. Sharon Odden

    Sassy Royal Sunset, Whisperer of Flipcharts
    Since I am about to turn 70 (and only feel 40), the sunset fits? I am in the sunset years, but I’m not letting that stop me from gaining control of those flipcharts as we do strategic planning for Family Promise of Great Falls! Thanks for making my Monday suck a little less!

  15. Crystal Ware

    Vermillion Dizzy Brambles, Heart of Retreats

    I love retreats! Definitely don’t do enough retreats.

  16. Madeline Taylor Fish

    Whirling Pastel Manes. Harvester of Board Members. Well, this is certainly an auspicious way to start the week! I wonder what the BM’s would think!

  17. ebowley

    Fiesty Dizzy Bubbles, the Whisperer of Cashflow, shall be using this name generator as the trust-building exercise at the board meeting she is chairing this evening, whether anyone likes it or not! 😉

  18. Karen Deschere

    Ha! Moody Royal Glitter Seeker of Synergy! The moody and seeker of synergy definitely fit. Thanks, Vu!

  19. P Naldrett

    Buttery ? Magic Starfire Heart of Equity

    Not sure about Buttery 🙂 but heart of equity rings true.

  20. Julie Payne

    Rising Silver Comet, Breath of Hummus. I am new to the field and always snacking at my desk!

  21. Melinda Johnson

    Whirling Silver Nostrils, Wielder of Cashflow – ha! I’m the Administrative Manager and handle all our finance functions, so that totally works 🙂

  22. dunwithitall

    Whispering Dizzy Dandelions, Healer of Board Members. Why, I think that’s a perfect fit!

  23. Brooklyn11210

    I didn’t really think I could love you more, but now I do. Signed, Dancing Royal Pulsar, Conjurer of In-kind Donations

  24. Emma

    Feisty Spotted-Dizzy Moonbeam, Breath of Conference Calls. This really made my Monday way better! Thank you!

  25. Karen Senger

    Moody Sugar Moonbeam, Tamer of Innovation (I’ll translate that to making crazy ideas more realistic.) Thanks, Vu! Needed this on a Monday.

  26. Maureen Fallon Saccomani

    Whirling Royal Moonbeam, Face of Wishes…Henceforth it is how I will be known.

  27. Allison McNally

    Tender Royal Wings, Healer of Wishes……as a project manager, I too wish to soar with wishful thinking, yet recognize the intrusion of reality…

  28. Frances Pate Deviney

    Silly Regal Glitter, Seeker of Paradigms!! Totally putting this on my business card!

  29. Patricia Day TenEyck

    Buttery Sparkle Darkness (!?!!?!), Avenger of Founder’s Syndrome
    Buttery has me a bit thrown off 🙂

  30. Jocelyn Furbush

    Rising Royal Manes, Healer of Founder’s Syndrome. Most auspicious as I work to transition from the non-profit I founded 7 years ago.

  31. digopheliadug

    Whirling Royal Maelstrom, Wielder of Volunteers. How does one wield a volunteer? And if anyone does wield volunteers at our org, it’s definitely not me. Still funny. 🙂

  32. Dawn Veillette Diana

    Whispering Dizzy Sunflower Glitter, Avenger of Paradigms! Always wanted to be an Avenger!

      1. Justus Eisfeld

        Are you trying to tell me that you don’t *actually* like hummus?!? Illusion -> shattered!!! 🙂

  33. Susan Gregory

    Dancing Dappled Moonbeam, Seeker of Founder’s Syndrome—as the person in the organization often tasked with dredging up the history–this seems oddly appropriate. Vu you should set up a 3D printing factory so we can order our unicorns–like little pretty ponies–make money for your organization

  34. Jeanne

    Rising Dizzy Bubbles Tamer of Sustainability – sounds like a lot of hard work and beer drinking!

  35. Willa Jessee

    Beloved Dizzy Nostrils, Avenger of Flip Charts, from Tiny Royal Hooves Sunset- not so happy about the Nostrils part, but if I use my husbands name, I get to be Beloved Dizzy Sunrise, which sounds WAY more unicorny to me…

  36. Stacey S

    Tender Crystal Moonbeam, Harbinger of Board Members — I need to tap into this skill, definitely not doing my orgs justice

  37. Hold Media Accountable

    Shiny Crystal Comet, Conjurer of Leftovers… I think the leftovers conjure themselves. Lol.

  38. Aisha Diane

    Tender Sparkle Manes, Wielder of Conference Calls!!! Bahahaha, the one thing I hate the most but we’re so darn good at….unnecessary meetings and conference calls.

  39. Tricia Hein

    Falling Briar, Avenger of Special Events- now I know what the heading on my resume is going to

  40. Suzanne Savell

    Oops, messed up: Sassy Noctural Moonbeam – Avenger of Founder’s Syndrome!

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