Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Making the Leap To The Nonprofit World

A recent New York Times article from Sunday, April 19, 2009 entitled "So You Want To Work For A Nonprofit?" discussed how Kip Schaefer made the jump from the profit world of Bear Stearns to his new job as director of institutional business development at the National Philanthropic Trust.

As the scene in the financial services market changes, many young professionals are questioning their career direction and considering the world of nonprofits. A March 14, 2009 article in the Boston Globe states,

"At elite universities such as Harvard, where about half the graduating class would enter finance and consulting in years past, many students say they feel liberated to consider alternative career paths, crediting not only the tanking economy but also President Obama's call for public service."

Experts we have captured in Prendismo who are involved in the nonprofit sector have weighed in on this issue...

According to Russ Finkelstein of Action Without Borders, "there has probably never been a better time to work in the nonprofit sector."


Ilene Lang, President of Catalyst, states, "everyday that I have the chance to make a difference to people and I have a chance to help others."


Finally, Jessica Flannery, co-founder of microfinance organization Kiva, states that all organizations can grow and learn from each other regardless of being for-profit or nonprofit.


In the end, it may be most important to approach your career - be it in the profit or nonprofit sector - the way that Kip Schaefer has...by aligning "your intuitive spirit with your career goals".

Want more clips on this topic? See the "So You Want To Work At A Not-For-Profit?" collection of clips at Prendismo

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