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7 Reasons to Work in the Nonprofit Arena

The nonprofit sector is booming — 11.4 million people worked in the industry from 2007-2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of all the reasons to work for a nonprofit, employees say working for the greater good is what attracted them most.

Why Work for a Nonprofit?

Some people may shy away from nonprofit jobs because of the perception that comes with working for a charitable organization. While nonprofits are not in business to make stockholders happy with record-level earnings, they do secure funding to pay employee salaries and other operating costs and to support their causes. Here are some of the most common reasons to work for a nonprofit, according to industry employees.

1. Working for the Greater Good

For some employees, changing lives and making the world a better place is more important than the size of a paycheck. Nonprofit employees typically experience the joy of helping others.

2. Wearing Many Hats

At a nonprofit, you may be asked to jump in wherever you are needed — anything from making copies and answering phones to writing press releases, managing volunteers or even overseeing a fundraising event. That varied experience could work to your benefit down the line.

3. Every Day is Different

Employees in nonprofit jobs may have less monotonous jobs than, say, data entry clerks. Each day at a small nonprofit typically brings new tasks, challenges and rewards.

4. Get a Foot in the Door

The easiest way to get started in a nonprofit is to volunteer, says Rebecca Andruska at The Muse. For example, volunteering to write press releases or manage the nonprofit's social media could lead to a paid position within or outside the organization and, at minimum, is a resume builder.

5. Ideas Are Welcome

At a nonprofit, it is okay to bring your ideas to the table. You might have a good chance of seeing them implemented. Nonprofits are often open, warm places where ideas and thoughtfulness are appreciated.

6. Connecting With Like-Minded People

People from all walks of life work and volunteer for nonprofits. Sharing a common purpose — whether it is serving in a soup kitchen, teaching at a university or working as a museum docent — is what brings people together.

7. Broad Backgrounds Are Appreciated

While you may need an engineering degree to work for an engineering firm, all backgrounds are generally applicable in a nonprofit. Marketing experience comes in handy, as does project management, accounting and more.

Online MS in Nonprofit Administration

A Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration can definitely be an advantage if you are looking to get started in the industry or to grow an existing nonprofit career. The online degree program at LSUS takes as little as year to complete and is completely virtual. Schedules are flexible, and you can complete coursework on your own time. The program includes lessons in nonprofit development and management, research methods, nonprofit governance, financial management and human resource management. By enrolling in an online master’s degree program, you can join the millions of others who have found career satisfaction as one of their primary reasons to work for a nonprofit.

Learn more about the LSUS online MS in Nonprofit Administration program.

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