When it comes to working in the new fast-paced economy we all live in now… Let me restate the question in the title…. Why wouldn’t you want to work in non-profits? For over 20 years I’ve worked in non-profits on both the trade association and charitable levels. I can personally tell you it is one of the most rewarding experiences in your life you will ever have. And you get paid for it!
In the private sector, many companies are caught up in stock price, profits and how many sales calls you made this week. Not in the world of non-profits. In every non-profit you encounter, they are seeking to effectuate change that will make the world a better place for those they serve, the industry, profession and sometimes the world at large.
The decision you have to make is, “what are you most passionate about” because here is the thing… THERE IS AN ASSOCIATION OR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION FOR EVERYTHING.
If you like animals, you can go work for the Humane Society. If you have a passion for providing housing for the less fortunate, you can work for Habitat for Humanity. If you want to help people who experience tragedy, you can work for the American Red Cross. If you have a passion for cars, you can work for the Specialty Equipment Market Association. If you have a passion for any sector of business or manufacturing, you can go work for any one of over 30 thousand associations who represent businesses and professionals including doctors, real estate agents, beverages and meeting planners just to name a few. The list could go on forever. The point is, there is a place for you. You just need to find your passion, the organizations in that space and then press GO and PURSUE.
Working for a non-profit is very fulfilling in large part because everyday you come to work, you have the capacity to change people’s lives with the resources your organization provides including:
- Helping people find a life changing job
- Helping people get the training they need to advance in life
- Connecting companies who can partner to be more productive for their employees
- Pass legislation that creates opportunity in the marketplace or provides safety
- Raising money to help cure a disease
- Provide people who lack resources to live to find purpose in life again and succeed
Bottom line, working in non-profits make your life matter every day. It gives you a sense of self-worth and gratification that you are moving people from circumstance that are difficult to ones they love.
The non-profit world offers opportunities to anyone with many skill sets including administration, marketing, leadership, sales, business development, communications. Whether you work for the non-profit or sell to the non-profit, take a look into this workspace. If you are like me, you will look back 10-years from now saying, “This has been a dream job! I can’t believe I get to do this every day and get paid for it!”