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Career Resources — Nonprofit

Industry Overview

Nearly 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the US generate almost $1.5 trillion in spending per year and employ about one in 10 American workers or 13.5 million people, making it the third largest labor force behind retail, trade and manufacturing. And, these are only the U.S. nonprofits. Usually defined by what it is not, this sector definitely has a bottom line and focuses on utilizing every donation, grant dollar, and government funding wisely to achieve a mission that serves society. Careers in the nonprofit sector, in many cases, parallel those in the for-profit sector and require the same professionalism, intensity in internship and job search strategy, and top-level skills and qualifications. Most amazing about the nonprofit sector is the breadth and variety of industries inside the sector:  Arts, culture, and humanities; Education and research; Environmental and animals; Health services; Human services; International and foreign affairs; Public and societal benefit; Religion; Mutual/Membership Benefit (professional societies and associations, fraternal societies, and pension and retirement funds); and unclassified. Nonprofit organizations often recruits on a “just-in-time” basis. Many agencies do not attend career fairs or travel to college campuses, but they do have internships (rarely paid) and real, paid jobs!

Best Nonprofits to Work For Downloadable report by The Nonprofit Times.
Idealistcareers.org Provides links to multiple resources on nonprofits, social entrepreneurialism, and the sector in general.
Independent Sector Extensive information on the Independent Sector, from what is a nonprofit to sector structure and impact
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Nonprofit Career Competencies Career competencies for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Nonprofit
Global Policy Forum Links and resources of the Global Policy Forum
Guide Star Information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization, including mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, and governance
National Council of Nonprofits Critical overview, numbers and reports on America’s nonprofit sector, including a list of notable sources of research on the sector; outlines core factors of nonprofit sector - public policy, advocacy,  and capacity building
National Center for Charitable Statistics Quick overview of key statistics of U.S. nonprofits; top 10 lists by assets or expenses, by 501 (c) subsection, by state
NGO Links Links to non-governmental organizations
The Global Journal Information about the top 100 NGOs.
The Nonprofit Times Leading business publication for Nonprofit Management; provides a Jobs Career Center; annual publication of the top 100 nonprofits and the latest news and current articles on the nonprofit sector.