(Closed) need advice on career in/volunteering for non-profit

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You should volunteer and look at job postings. It will probably be difficult to find a position that doesn’t require a degree. 

Start volunteering with the organizations that you are most interested and go from there. The non-profit world (at least around here) is all about connections and who you know, as well as experience. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Call your nearest Habitat for Humanity affiliate. They need volunteers all the time, both in office, construction, and in the Habitat ReStore shops. You may have to start with volunteering for free, but Habitat often pays volunteers a small amount, and there are opportunites to grow in the organization (and travel).

Dozens of my friends have worked full-time for Habitat, and I’ve volunteered. It’s a great organization.

http://www.habitat.org/us_volunteer_program/default.aspx

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Volunteer in the field you want to work in to network.  If you can afford it, go back to school because most companies will require it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Look on idealist.com

They have tons of opportunities.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  Agreed. This is a great site and they have job descriptions of all their positions. Also try calling up you local organizations. They will always need help even if it’s administrative.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely volunteer first if you can, organizations are always looking for new volunteers. If you decide that you want to go back to school, I suggest doing a degree in Public Administration. I’m currently getting my masters in it and would recommend it to anyone interested in non-profits/gov’t orgs. Some schools also offer certificates in things like non-profit management, so it may be something to look into.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I work in non-profit and it is surprisingly tough to get into without the right degree and some experience. I would say go back to school to study something related to fundraising or development (always sought after in the NGO world) and maybe volunteer at any NGO you can find for 16 or more hours a week to get a bit of experience behind your name. It’s very rewarding, and worth the effort. Good luck!

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