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Nonprofits, Associations,
Foundations & Think Tanks

Working for a nonprofit organization can bring a greater sense of purpose than many corporate careers - not to mention that a it can free you from responsibility to corporate shareholders. The process of landing a nonprofit job isn't all that different from that of looking for a corporate position; in fact, many of the same skills will apply. Still, nonprofit job resources tend to be found on sites dedicated to this sector, or at least on the nonprofit sections of job database websites. Read on to find out more about what resources are out there, and about how you can put them to use to help start - or boost - your own career in the nonprofit world.

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General Resources & Directories

You may want to start your search by scanning through nonprofit agencies in your area of interest, or ones that employ people with your training. Some focus on news from the nonprofit sector, some provide searchable databases of job openings, and some offer libraries of articles with tips for getting started in the nonprofit sector. All of them can help you find out more about what various organizations are up to, who's growing and making an impact these days, and which roles need to be filled.

Guidestar.org is a great place to start - the site offers a searchable directory of information on more than 700,000 charitable organizations, and the search functions are very user-friendly. Idealist.org also provides an easy-to-use advanced search engine for jobs and internships in the nonprofit sector - along with lots of articles on nonprofit career development. Foundations.org, meanwhile, is an older site (which shows in its design) but it still contains loads of information on charities and other nonprofits. And NonprofitLeadershipAlliance.org provides links to the job boards of many of their member organizations.

Some of these sites focus on news from the nonprofit sector, while others provide job databases...

To catch up on news from the nonprofit sector, check out TheNonProfitTimes.com, which provides regular reports, along with an industry-wide Power and Influence Top 50 - a list of the sector's movers and shakers from the past year - and a searchable job board. CharityHappenings.org, on the other hand, can keep you updated on the latest nonprofit fundraisers and other events - as well as put you in touch with member organizations through its member contact list.

Salary / Compensation Guides

The Riley Guide's page of General Salary Guides offers links to salary databases and other salary survey sites for a variety of industries - but some salary sites focus specifically on the nonprofit sector. A few examples are below - and you may be able to find salary data specific to your field of interest within the nonprofit sector simply by Googling terms like "[name of your field] + nonprofit + salary data" or "[name of your field] + nonprofit + salary survey."

Some salary sites focus specifically on the nonprofit sector...

BWNPS.com, the official website of Bluewater Nonprofit Solutions, provides nonprofit compensation and benefits reports, along with other customized surveys for nonprofit groups. If you register for their free newsletter, you'll have the opportunity to download their free compensation report, "Nonprofit Jobs That Pay $50,000 or More." And Charity Navigator's Annual CEO Compensation Study offers a good overview of CEO pay in the nonprofit sector, and also offers advice to contributors on how to judge a nonprofit by how it treats its CEO.

Executive Search Firms

Although The Riley Guide's page on The Executive Job Search offers links to a wide range of executive search and recruitment firms, you may want to take a look at executive firms that focus exclusively on nonprofit work. One good reason for this is that there isn't always much overlap in clientele - firms that focus on the nonprofit sector tend to stick with nonprofit recruitment, while corporate executive recruitment firms have a tendency to stay in that sector. So here are some nonprofit executive firms worth checking out.

Firms in the nonprofit sector tend to stick with nonprofit recruitment exclusively...

Although The Riley Guide's page on The Executive Job Search offers links to a wide range of executive search and recruitment firms, you may want to take a look at executive firms that focus exclusively on nonprofit work. One good reason for this is that there isn't always much overlap in clientele - firms that focus on the nonprofit sector tend to stick with nonprofit recruitment, while corporate executive recruitment firms have a tendency to stay in that sector. So here are some nonprofit executive firms worth checking out.

TheAWPGroup.com can help you search for executive-level positions in as a higher-ed administrator, as online faculty, as a department chair, and as a director or executive for a non-profit organization with a social service mission. Bridgespan.org offers executive searches for nonprofit organizations, and you can review a list of their current searches and submit your credentials in response to any listing that interests you. BSBsearch.com offers retained executive search services based on wide-ranging experience in the not-for-profit sector, and highly qualified people are welcome to submit their qualifications for consideration in future searches.

Capability Company.com works with nonprofit organizations to help them hire the right talent for the job. They have some current searches listed on their site along with a long list of successful placements, and qualified candidates are welcome to submit a resume for consideration in future searches. CGCareers.org offers affordable search services for nonprofits of all sizes and budgets. They work to source and place personnel at every level, from support staff through senior managers, and in every functional area (e.g. development, finance, management). You can review their current list of searches and submit an application for each listing that interests you.

DeweyKaye.com offers strategy development, planning, financial sustainability, facilitation, training and executive search services to the nonprofit industry. Qualified candidates interested in being considered as a candidate in their retained search engagements may submit a resume according to the instructions on the JobsWatch page. DRGNYC.com, the website of Development Resource Group, allows qualified candidates to review their list of current searches, and to submit a resume and cover letter for consideration. ExecSearches.com provides executive and senior management positions in nonprofit, public sector and socially conscious organizations.

HimmelfarbGroup.com has several current searches listed, and they'll welcome your resume in response to a specific search - as long as you're a highly qualified professional. Howe-Lewis.com serves a national client base that includes colleges and universities, academic and community medical centers, cultural arts institutions, and advocacy and community-based organizations. Their website allows you to review a short list of current search assignments, and to submit your resume for a specific listing.

KoyaPartners.com is a national retained search firm focused on the nonprofit sector, and their website enables you to review current searches and submit a resume for consideration, or just to contact the firm for more information. MOppenheim.com provides an impressive list of current searches, and they welcome resumes from qualified individuals. MoranCompany.com allows you to review a list of recently completed searches, as well as a few current searches. The NonprofitProfessionals.com website allows job seekers to examine the firm's portfolio of clients, to review a short list of current searches; and, if qualified, to submit a resume for consideration.

Some nonprofit executive search firms specialize in particular geographical areas...

Some executive search firms, on the other hand, specialize in nonprofit recruitment in particular geographical areas. NPPN.biz, the Michigan-based Non-Profit Personnel Network, specializes in working with nonprofit organizations and institutions across the U.S., helping them to fill mid- to executive-level positions with the right people. You can review some of their current searches online and submit a resume for consideration via their website. And SlesingerManagement.com is an executive search firm that helps nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area recruit talented people for senior management and leadership positions.

Job Listing Sources for Nonprofits

The Internet abounds with searchable job databases and job boards of all kinds - many of which are reviewed on The Riley Guide's page of Job Banks and Career Search Engines. But as with the executive search firms listed in the previous section, many job-search websites specialize in the nonprofit sector, and can enable you to focus solely on search results in this type of work. Here are some of the most useful sites in this category.

The Center for Association Leadership, (ASAE) which represents 10,000 nonprofit organizations, offers a Career Center that allows you to search their job database, post a resume, check on careers in associations, or request a critique of your resume for a fee. Job seekers will also want to check out the ASAE's great resources under Directories and Networking Opportunities to get a career started right. Another handy resource is jobs.COF.org, the career center page of the Council on Foundations, which lists numerous job openings with member and non-member foundations.

Many job-search websites specialize in the nonprofit sector...

CharityChannel.com offers a nice job lead bank for nonprofits in the U.S., which carries postings from executive recruiters as well as direct hires. NonprofitJobs.org also lists nonprofit jobs from all over the U.S. DeepSweep.com allows you to search and apply for a variety of positions in nonprofit organizations. Jobs are divided into 6 section covering everything from Support Services to Education to Fundraising, but you can also search "All sections" or use keywords to find what you want.

DotOrgJobs.com serves as a global resource for nonprofit, philanthropy and corporate social engagement professionals. The board lists numerous jobs in various nonprofit and philanthropic organizations across the U.S. IGC.org, the website of the Institute for Global Communications, provides links to 400 member non profit organizations, as well as for job/volunteer opportunities. NonprofitCareer.com is a good source of information on nonprofit organizations and job and volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector - and its job postings remain online until the employer notifies the site that the position has been filled.

NonProfitJobseeker.com provides an excellent database of jobs, which you can search, review and apply for right from the site. OpportunityKnocks.org is a leading source of nonprofit job listings for administrative, staff and professional positions. ProAssociationCareers.org allows you to browse jobs by state, or to search by a combination of keyword, location and distance from your current home. And for Canadian nonprofit work, WorkInNonProfits.ca allows you to search a database of job listings and create email job alerts.

Philanthropy / Fundraising / Grantmaking

Of course, one of the biggest differences between nonprofit work and corporate work is that the former depends heavily on grants and fundraising. If you're looking to get involved with these aspects of nonprofit work - whether you'd like to fundraise for a nonprofit or work at for a grantmaking foundation - a variety of websites can help you get connected with the jobs you're interested in.

A variety of websites can help you get connected with fundraising and grantmaking jobs...

APRA, the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement - an international organization for fundraisers - offers a career center that includes a searchable job database. AFPNet.org, the website of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, also includes a job board - as well as information on their certification programs, resources to aid persons in this field, and networking opportunities.

GivingForum.org features a short list of jobs posted with the association, along with links to job boards maintained by some of the regional associations and links to additional resources - and the site also maintains a list of Regional Associations across the US, most of whom have websites. FoundationCenter.org also lists some philanthropic job openings. For more, take a look at Yahoo's list of links to grantmaking foundations.

It's also worthwhile to check out the websites of publications in the philanthropic sector. Chronicle of Philanthropy, a leading publication for philanthropy professionals, provides a jobs section with employment opportunities, compensation news and trends, and career information for those interested in fund raising. And PhilanthropyJournal.org also offers job listings, along with news, announcements and links to additional resources.

Public Policy (Think Tanks)

Careers in nonprofit work can take many forms - and yet another of these is public policy work with a think tank. Though some of these organizations are highly exclusive, others are welcoming to new talent; and many of these provide information on career opportunities online. The following are some think tanks that may be open to your inquiry.

These think tanks may be open to your inquiry...

A great place to start your search is with the World Directory of Think Tanks provided by the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA). The site provides a searchable database of think tanks around the world, as well as listings broken down by country. Since this is a Japanese organization, certain sections of the site are in Japanese - but the database is almost entirely in English.

Brookings.edu is the website of the Brookings Institute, one of America's oldest policy think tanks. This site contains information about the institution and its work. EducationSector.org offers job and internship listings for this education policy think tank. Heritage.org sponsors a free job bank for conservative job seekers and prospective employers, with a convenient online application form. And IMF.org, the website of the International Monetary Fund, accepts inquiries and applications at any time of the year.

Helpful links

Guidestar -- User-friendly searchable database of more than 700,000 charitable organizations.

NonProfitJobs.org -- Lots of job postings from charitable organizations.

NIRA World Directory of Think Tanks -- Huge searchable database of think tanks all over the world.