Working for a Nonprofit Organization

Drawing connection between you and unique aspects of Nonprofit.

Working for a Nonprofit Organization

When navigating the job search, you will come across differences in organization types. It’s important that you pay attention to not just the position at hand, but also the organization’s purpose. Consider the following to see why a nonprofit might be the right fit for you.

The Focus of a Nonprofit

Nonprofits are an entity that funnels any surplus funds back into the operation of the organization. The money retained by nonprofit organizations is used for operations, expenses and programs

  • What makes nonprofits unique
  • Key factors to consider while applying and interviewing for positions in nonprofit
  • Examples of nonprofits based in Minnesota

Know the Possibilities

Interested in working for a nonprofit?

  • These organizations tend to attract and hire employees who are motivated by intrinsic rewards
  • Know the mission statement before applying
  • In an interview, say why you want to work for that specific organization
  • If meaningful work is essential to you, a nonprofit will be a good fit
  • Desired candidate characteristics: effective in inspiring trust, openness and personal connection
  • Most nonprofits value work-life balance

Information to Consider:

  • The Career movement of motivated nonprofit employees can be fast
  • Can mean jumping from one organization to another
  • Bigger organizations have bigger budgets and tend to pay more than smaller organizations
  • Twin Cities organizations tend to pay more than organizations in greater Minnesota

Examples in Minnesota:

  • United Way
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MCA Twin Cities
  • Goodwill-Easter Seals
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Be The Match
  • Minnesota Orchestra

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