How do I know if the Nonprofit Sector is right for me and which area of the Nonprofit Sector am I interested in?
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This is a great question! The nonprofit sector is very diverse, so it's difficult sometimes to identify the right type of organization for you. Do you like to do a wide range of tasks, or do you prefer to be more focused? In small nonprofit organization, you often wear many hats, whereas larger organizations offer more opportunity to specialize. Are there particular causes that you feel drawn to? The environment? Health? Youth? Politics? The arts? I have found that I have been happiest working for nonprofit organizations that matched my interest areas. Do you like working with people, or do you prefer to work more independently? In the former, you'd likely do well in jobs focused on advocacy, programming, or fundraising, whereas in the latter you might opt for jobs in departments like communications or accounting.
I hope that helps! There are lots of options and opportunities! Good luck!
Start researching non profits that interest you. Maybe something that connects you to one because you have someone in your family or a friend that deals with that issue, or what really warms your heart, or think of a need or a change you would really like to be a part of. Then start going to their meetings and networking to see if it's something you're interested in. Volunteer and see how it feels.
There is a great organization called Active 20-30 for those who are in those age groups that help raise money for other children's charities. It's a great organization to build camaraderie, network, have fun and help children. There are men and woman's groups in some areas and other's are mixed.
I hope this helped a little.