A non-profit organization is a non-business entity that often focuses on advancing a cause or mission versus making a profit. Non-profits serve specific members or a local or global community at large. They provide benefit to or may play a role in a community as service providers, support providers, funders or advocacy organizations. Many have tax-exempt status (501 (c)), and are run by a membership team or board of directors.
Areas of Interest
The non-profit sector is a possible employer for any area of study because it is so diverse in both the types of organizations it encompasses and the range of missions it pursues; occupations in the not-for-profit sector exist for every field of interest. Non-profits are looking for individuals with the transferable skills that are needed to make their organizations competitive and relevant.
Research and Planning
You can investigate your options in the non-profit sector through some online resources:
- California Career Zone
Houses California-specific information on 900 jobs and 24 career families (not just non-profit) which can be especially helpful in looking at job market trends and training requirements that vary by state.
- Nonprofit Career Network
A one-stop resource for non-profit job postings with a directory to various non-profits.
- Love To Know
A large list of non-profit organizations categorized according to specific focus areas.
- The Impact Foundry
- Community Service Resource Center
- Volunteer Match
- Idealist careers
- Works For Good
- California Association of Nonprofits
- National Association of Nonprofit Professionals
- Society for Nonprofits
- Young Nonprofit Professional’s Network (YNPN)
Visit the ICC and Meet with an Advisor
For further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment. Our advising page has a list of all ICC advisors or you can review the list of undergraduate advisors below: