Are you looking for something different than the corporate world? One place to find meaningful work is in non-profits, where diverse people, majors, and opportunities exist. Non-profits are organizations with a unique tax exemption status that allows them to work towards a purpose other than a profit. The revenue for non-profits is usually obtained through donations and grants and is used for public services. Often, the goals of non-profits are for a particular cause, like awareness of a certain type of cancer or a political party, instead of focusing on creating large profits for employees and shareholders. Many people immediate think of soup kitchens as non-profits, which soup kitchens are. However, non-profits can be quite diverse and large. For example, the Salvation Army and Boy Scouts are two non-profits that are multi-billion dollar organization.
One of the key differences between non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations is the measure of success. Instead of measuring how much money the company has generated in a fiscal year, non-profits measure their success in the fulfillment of their mission. With all of the money coming from donations and the company not paying taxes, non-profit organizations must be very critical of how money is spent and look for the best ways to utilize profits.
Non-profits utilize any major, like accountants, graphic designers, social workers, scientists, and many more positions. In addition to opportunities for all, non-profits can offer competitive salaries, opportunities for growth, and connections to multiple other businesses.
I intern for a non-profit called #PutAPriceOnIt. My work is empowering because I am joined by people across the country working towards the same goal as me. Seeing everyone’s accomplishments and building off of the passion of each person motivates me to change the world. Changing my major to work in the non-profit world is one of the greatest decisions I have ever made.
I think of the quote from Kip Schaefer who is the director of institutional business development at the National Philanthropic Trust “I never saw myself sitting on a pile of cash at the end of my career,” he says. “I expected to look back and say, ‘Look how great I impacted the world,’” and think: there are more ways to be successful than making money.
Finding a non-profit can be simple, as there are many tools to search for jobs on the internet.
- Idealist – A website that allows you to choose the location and interest for jobs in areas that are focused on helping the world
- Nonprofit Job Board – A place to search for nonprofit jobs all over the world
- Philanthropy News Digest – Find jobs at any non-profit organizations and foundations
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy – A job search engine for non-profits with over 1000 job postings
- Non Profit Jobs.org – Search job postings by skill, type of job, and key words
Even if you are not entering the job force at the moment, searching through jobs can give you an idea of the work you will be doing in the future. If you are applying for jobs, ensure that your resume is up to date and your mind open. Look forward to a future of a job that you can enjoy.