Nonprofits (NPO) are organizations that work to improve the common good of society. Typically they work through charitable, educational, scientific or religious means. NPOs don't distribute a profit to private individuals; instead, they use all available revenue to serve the public interest.
Types of NPOs include:
- Animal Shelters
- Soup Kitchens
- Advocacy Groups
- Trade Associations
- Religious Institutions
- Private Foundations
Types of Roles in NPOs:
- Grant Writing
- Volunteer Coordinators
- Community Organizers
- Web Design
Does "nonprofit" mean that the staff aren't paid?
- No. The organization as a whole doesn't make profit, but the employees do!
- Salaries can vary widely but smart nonprofits strive to pay competitive salaries and benefits so that they can hire talented staff members
What's different about nonprofit work?
- The goal is to have a positive effect in the world
- Staff members are expected to share that perspective
- There are typically fewer resources and it's not uncommon to be understaffed
How to get hired by a nonprofit
- In addition to screening for skills and talents, NPOs usually look for candidates who have a passion for their mission