How to Jump-Start Your Nonprofit Career in 2019

Written by: Heather Joslyn
Published on: Feb 11, 2020

Climb the Ladder: Advice for Reaching Every Rung

If you’re just starting to explore a professional nonprofit career, find mentors and volunteer outside your organization to learn how the nonprofit world works.

Midcareer fundraisers and other nonprofit professionals run the risk of burnout. Seek opportunities to sharpen your skills and get closer to your organization’s board.

Reaching a leadership role means continuing to learn — including how to manage people. It also means knowing when it’s time to hand over the reins to someone else.

Talking to peers about their professional journeys and the lessons they’ve uncovered can help you at any stage. So can checking out some good books to navigate the challenges others have encountered.

Get Better at Asking for Money

Nothing will boost your fundraising or executive career like a reputation for winning big gifts. Learn four techniques for asking affluent people for their support. Find out how to make contact with wealthy millennials. And learn directly from a grant maker what pitfalls to avoid.

How Managers Can Navigate Work-Force Challenges

Learn from millennials: People in their 20s and 30s make up the biggest share of the nonprofit work force. Gain some insights from young leaders on what skills and traits they’re bringing with them as they ascend the career ladder.

Lots of managers struggle to hire the diverse work force that will allow them to do better in carrying out their missions. Here’s some practical advice on how to overcome implicit bias in nonprofit hiring.

Another hiring dilemma: finding enough experienced fundraisers. Outside-the-box candidates can offer a fresh perspective if they’re vetted properly by a savvy manager.

With one in four female fundraisers reporting having experienced sexual harassment on the job, it’s the duty of all managers to ensure their employees’ safety. Here’s expert advice for creating an office culture that works for everyone.