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Changing Careers: So You Want to Work for a Nonprofit?

Lately, lots of folks have asked me how they might make the career change from the business world to the nonprofit sector.  The thinking generally is that since jobs are scarce in the for-profit world, this might be a good time to make the switch and work at something that might have greater self-meaning and greater impact for the common good of society.

It's not that easy.

The nonprofit sector demands its own special skill set, tools and experience.  Like anything, you can learn on the job but if you wish to make an impact, you will need to bring real skills to help drive your passion.  In last week's blog posting, I talked about the importance of professional development.  Yesterday's article in the NY Times about Kip Schaefer, one of our NYU masters students at NYU's Heyman Center, really demonstates the very best way to prepare oneself to bring value to the nonprofit world. 

You also must read Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins if you want to learn more about the culture of the nonprofit world and what it takes to bring greatness to any business - profit or nonprofit. 

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Cutting Back on Fundraising Expenses

I have had calls from several development directors who have recently been laid off.  It seems like a contradiction:  investing less in the development initiative at a time when funding, on all levels, is in peril.

In cases where your development director has not been producing, you probably are justified in letting him/her go.  However, if you have a development professional with a strong commitment to your mission and a willingness to grow, learn and continually improve his/her skills, this is the time to invest in professsional development.

Fundraising today is based on a science of tools and strategies, coupled with a comprehensive program of relationship buildingsteps.  Yes, some of the tactics are intuitive, but much is based on an extensive body of information that is best gleaned in courses and workshops shared with your colleagues in the field and taught by professionals.

In the New York area, check out:  The Support Center for Nonprofit Management and the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at NYU. 

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