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After a decades long history of helping nonprofits find the right talent and helping job-seekers connect with meaningful missions, The Nonprofit Center is closing its jobsite.  Findnonprofitjobs.org will suspend operation as of 12/31/19, yielding to an abundance of national job search websites that are meeting that need.  We thank  you for your support and interest throughout the years (from our monthly OppNocs jobs newsletter to today) and urge you to visit lasallenonprofitcenter.org/ for all your capacity building needs. Thank you for your support.

December 1, 2019 is the last day we will be accepting postings. Those posts will run through 12/31/19. Thank you.

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How to Break Into Nonprofits?

Many people are looking to make the changeover from the for-profit world into nonprofit work.

Two of the primary ways to position yourself for nonprofit employment are:

  • Volunteering for a nonprofit.  Not only will it give you a sense of how nonprofits operate, but will show a commitment to mission.  And if you've been a volunteer - whether it's as a Little League Coach, a scoutmaster, a fundraiser, etc. - make sure you highlight that to potential employers
  • Join a Board.  The big proviso is that you join for the right reason - to serve a mission you believe in - and not because it's fodder for your resume.
  • Think about the arrogance factor.   If you believe that your for-profit experience makes you superior to those in the nonprofit sector, that will come through.  If you don't recognize that nonprofit organizations are staffed by highly qualified professionals who have made a conscious career choice, you do not belong there.

At the same time, we encourage those hiring at nonprofits to consider those for profit folks whose life experience indicates that they can bring the same passion to the work as you do; along with solid skills nonprofits can use.

From the blog

Happy Donors

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 12 December 2019, 8:16 am

So many cultures and faiths teach the adage that it is better to give than receive.  While it is done to encourage selflessness while helping those less fortunate.  Research indicates, however, that giving isn’t quite the selfless act we think it is, in that is also beneficial to the giver. Giving both time and money actually ratchet ups a giver’s oxytocin (the “compassion hormone”), as well as endorphins and dopamine, producing what some refer to as the “donor’s high” (akin to a runner’s high).  People who donate, regardless of their motivation (genuine altruism or moral whitewashing, and every other reason,.

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