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New Year, New Career?
As we begin 2024 are you considering a career change? For some, this has led to exploring the nonprofit sector. “Maybe I can find something that has more meaning and still leverages my skillset.”
We’ve seen many professionals make successful transitions from a corporate career to key leadership roles at a nonprofit. These include organizations supporting the arts, children’s services, the education sector, the environment, advocacy efforts, other social services, foundations, and economic/workforce development. Here are some questions to consider as you explore this path:
  • Do you have an authentic connection to certain organizations or populations served? Have you volunteered or have a personal story that connects you to the work? Follow your passion.
  • Can you afford a lower salary or forgo an annual bonus? Nonprofit salaries are usually lower, and bonuses are usually smaller or not available. Chances are, you’ll work harder and make less.
  • Do you consider yourself scrappy and resourceful? Can you wear many hats and offer to help outside your area of expertise? All hands-on deck.
  • Are you available occasional evenings and weekends? Board meetings, networking events, and fundraisers can make for a busy week. 
  • Are you comfortable asking others for money? Do you have a robust network in the region? Even if you’re not in the development department, many roles have a fundraising component as donations are the lifeblood of most nonprofits.
  • Have you worked in a diverse and inclusive organization? Can you embrace a culture that values diversity and is working to be inclusive in hiring, staff development, and at the Board level? 
  • Do you have solid financial acumen with a focus on KPIs and measurable outcomes?
  • Have you been a volunteer or served on a nonprofit Board? These can be great ways to see if an organization is a good potential fit and to demonstrate your commitment.
Many nonprofits are looking for talent to fill important leadership positions. If you decide to apply for a specific role include a cover letter that highlights your connection to the organization’s mission and your motivation for pursuing this role. In your resume, in addition to listing your responsibilities, share your accomplishments and quantifiable results. Most nonprofits recognize that strong business acumen is essential to building an effective organization. Good luck!

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