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What are some of the worst job sites for finding non-profit work?

I have been using Idealist and not finding many current jobs. Craigslist also has not provided many great non-profit jobs. Should I just use any job posting site and hope that I find something? #job-search #nonprofits #non-profits

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Kate’s Answer

Hi Mounia,


I tried to comment above, but I was over the character limit!


To add to Kim's answer regarding GuideStar: Nonprofits don't post jobs there, but it is a great tool to use either a) to identify and research specific nonprofits where you might want to work, or b) to research a nonprofit when you are applying for a job, or preparing for an interview. You can easily set up a free account which will allow you to look at the nonprofits' IRS Form 990 (a standard tax form all nonprofits fill out each year). Tax forms might seem intimidating (or boring!), but there's no need to study it in detail - it's mostly a good place to see the salaries of top employees, which nonprofits are required to report. As you continue in your career, that can give you a sense of how the pay will be. (For example, if the Executive Director makes $40,000, you can expect salaries to be fairly low overall. On the other hand, if the ED is making $400,000, you can expect a higher salary, although it wouldn't be close to $400K!)


Also, I would advise you not to pay attention to nonprofits' GuideStar ratings in terms of gold, silver, etc. These only correspond to how much information the organization has chosen to share on GuideStar specifically, and have nothing to do with the organization's effectiveness. Some organizations chose not to invest resources in completing all the fields on GuideStar, because it can be time-consuming to update and the same information is often available on the nonprofit's website.


Finally, idealist is the best site for finding nonprofit jobs - perhaps you can adjust your search to be broader, and that might yield some better results? It could also just be a slow time of year for hiring right now.


Hope this helps - good luck!


Kate

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Kim’s Answer

What a confusing question! You are asking us for the worst sites, rather than the best sites?
Or is that just a sign of frustration?
You know, when I was your age, there was no internet. Job search was all very primitive. You are so, so lucky!


Yeah, okay, enough of that!


Guidestar.org is a tool I use to look up financial info on non-profits. They have both free and paid membership. Searching for free, I was able to pull up a list of 5400 non-profits in San Antonio, with their income and assets posted right beside the name. Some have different "medals" for their degree of transparency. Some have "bridge" numbers. I'm not quite sure what that is. It appears there is an effort to interconnect the non-profits through technology. I just clicked on one I had never heard of (there are lots of those!) and it has $5mil in income, and $1 mil in assets. It has been in existence over 30 years, and its mission is to provide training and employment for persons with disabilities.


I honestly don't know if it has a means of searching for jobs. But identifying the hidden ones might prove more fruitful. You also might look at you local United Way for a similar list. Indeed is my favorite job site.


Best of luck!

Thank you comment icon Sorry for the confusion, it was a bit out of frustration and out of curiosity. The sites you mentioned seem helpful. Thank you! Mounia
Thank you comment icon We all have those days! "Adult-hood" gets easier after a while. Kim Igleheart
Thank you comment icon Good to know! I'm still getting there. Thanks again! Mounia
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Jason’s Answer

Mounia. Hi. I see you are from Baltimore. Try checking out Maryland Nonprofits website, marylandnonprofits.org. They have a jobs board. If you know what area of focus you want in the nonprofit sector, post that as it may help in giving you advice. Good luck in your search.

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Christie’s Answer

Hi Mounia,

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a job board: https://www.philanthropy.com/jobs

I'd also suggest using LinkedIn-- try search terms like "non-profit" or the issue area you're interested in.

Good luck with your job search!
Christie
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