How to Find Nonprofit Jobs

Working for a nonprofit organization can be a rewarding career choice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, and they employ at least 8.7 million workers. Nonprofit organizations work for many different causes, including human services, environmental regulations, animal rights, children's issues and others. There are many opportunities to begin a career in nonprofit work. Find nonprofit jobs by checking online career sites dedicated to nonprofit opportunities, and becoming involved in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer or a supporter.


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    Determine what kind of nonprofit work you want to do. Choose a specific field if there is one that interests you.
    • Keep all options open if you are not committed to one specific area, but instead would like to do good work in whatever type of organization it is needed.
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    Develop a strong resume. A resume is the way you will introduce yourself to nonprofit employers.
    • Highlight volunteer and community activities if you are a recent graduate, looking to start your nonprofit career. Include any internships you may have completed in the nonprofit sector, and write a strong objective that mentions your passion for nonprofit work.
    • Use your professional skills and expertise if you have been in the workforce for a while, but desire to change careers and look for a nonprofit job. Employers will value the skills and knowledge you bring with you from the private sector.
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    Search for opportunities on career websites. There are sites specific to nonprofit work, including and
    • Set up a profile on these sites, and post your resume. Employers will be able to see your resume and get in touch if they are interested in you.
    • Read through job descriptions that interest you. Type in a keyword and a location, and you will be provided with job opportunities. Apply to those that you think would be a good fit for your skills and interests.
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    Look for nonprofit jobs on traditional sites such as CareerBuilder, Simply Hired and Monster as well. You can narrow your search to nonprofit work by typing in that keyword.
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    Become involved in the nonprofit community. Keep up on what local nonprofit groups in your area are doing.
    • Read newspapers such as The Nonprofit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. These can be accessed in print or online.
    • Check the classified section of these papers. For example, Non-profitJobs is a large part of The Nonprofit Times.
    • Look for opportunities to volunteer. Many volunteers at nonprofits end up joining the paid staff in groups they help out.
    • Join the state organization of nonprofits where you live. For example, the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations (FANO) and the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations (MANO) teach classes, hold seminars and provide networking opportunities for job-seekers.
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    Network. Join groups and organizations in your community that can put you in touch with nonprofit leaders. Get involved with your local United Way, Red Cross or Salvation Army.
    • Attend events and fundraisers. Talk to staff, volunteers and Board members about your career goals.


  • Be proactive. Many nonprofit organizations lack the resources to have a fully staffed Human Resources department, especially local and community groups. Help them as much as you can by providing all the information you can about yourself and your qualifications, and follow up by email if you do not get a response.
  • Prepare for lower wages, on average. While some established and well-funded nonprofits pay their employees at rates that are competitive with the private sector, many nonprofit employees make less than they would doing similar jobs for multinational corporations or private businesses. This might be a shock if you are shifting from a private sector job to nonprofit work.
  • Look into student loan forgiveness. Working with government or nonprofit agencies may qualify you for the forgiveness of all or part of your student loan debt.

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