Working in Nonprofits:
A Resource List
Increased attention is being paid to employment opportunities in the nonprofit sector. New books on career choices, salary comparisons, fundraising as a profession, and workplace topics are becoming prominent in the literature. There are Web sites devoted to jobs in the voluntary sector, and more academic programs providing training for future nonprofit leaders.
If you are interested in job openings in nonprofit organizations, be sure to visit the Foundation Center's online Job Corner.
This reading list contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center's bibliographic database on the topic of working in nonprofits, as well as relevant links to other resources on the Internet. Materials cited are journal articles and books. For a complete bibliography on this topic, use Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, entering the subject headings nonprofit organizations--employment, nonprofit organizations--wages, or nonprofit organizations--management in the subject search field box.
About Nonprofit Careers and Jobs
- Brinkerhoff, Derick W., and Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff. Working for Change: Making a Career in International Public Service. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2005. xvi, 222 p. ISBN 1-56549-203-X.
- The book provides profiles of many people who have elected to work in international public service, and their stories tell how they selected that calling over other options. An appendix lists sources for finding job opportunities. With bibliographical references and index.
- Burns, Jennifer Bobrow. Career Opportunities in the Nonprofit Sector. New York, NY: Checkmark Books, 2006. xiii, 338 p. ISBN 0-8160-6004-5.
- Each of the career profiles provides details about a job in the nonprofit sector. Information given includes position description, salary ranges, employment and advancement prospects, required education, training, and experience, among other particulars. The fields of employment that are covered are management, fundraising, communications, trade associations, foundations, health/science, social services, advocacy/community development, arts, higher education, environmental causes, and international work. Appendices describe graduate programs, professional associations, and recommended Web sites. With bibliographical references and index.
- Ginsberg, Beth (ed.) The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World.Washington, DC: Island Press, 2004. xxi, 401 p. ISBN 1-55963-967-9.
- Various specialists describe their work. Indexed.
- The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers.New York, NY: Action Without Borders, 2007.
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- King, Richard M. From Making a Profit to Making a Difference: How to Launch your New Career in Nonprofits. River Forest, IL: Planning/Communications, 2000. ISBN : 1-884587-17-8.
- A guidebook to help in the transition from for-profit fields to nonprofit employment. Discusses the skills in greatest demand among nonprofits, how volunteerism may lead to a job, compensation in the sector, and how employment in foundations fits in with the larger nonprofit group.
- Lowell, Stephanie. The Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in the Nonprofit Sector. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2000. ISBN 1-57851-231-X.
- Explains the structure of the nonprofit field to potential jobseekers, and provides chapters on specific subsectors. Gives examples of business school graduates in each broad field.
- Otting, Laura Gassner. Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector: Shifting Your Focus From the Bottom Line to a Better World. New York, NY: Kaplan Publishing, 2007. xvii, 270 p. ISBN 1-4195-9341-2.
- A guide to transitioning from the for-profit to the nonprofit sector. Part one describes the nonprofit sector and positions within it. In part two, the author details the job search process with tips on cover letters and resumes. Part three is an appendix containing job web sites by interest area and degree programs by state. With bibliographical references and index.
- The Online Library of the Foundation Center's Web site contains links to several Internet resources for jobseekers. Click here to visit some of the most notable job sites.
Independent Sector and Seton Hall University maintains a listing of academic programs focusing on the study of philanthropy and nonprofit management.
Of Interest to Nonprofit Employers
- Andrew, Leonard D. and Richard S. Hobish. Employment Law Guide for Non-Profit Organizations. White Plains, NY: Pro Bono Partnership, 2007.  p.
- Written for leaders who are not experts in nonprofit law, the guide provides guidance for developing human resource and employee handbooks. Full text available
- Bernstein. Leyna. Creating your Employee Handbook: A Do-it-Yourself Kit for Nonprofits. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
- Provides specific wording for workplace policies, standards, and benefits for
three hypothetical types of nonprofits.
- Gilvar, Barbara J. The Art of Hiring Leaders: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations. Boston, MA: Gilvar Publications, 2007. vi, 174 p. ISBN 0-9778233-1-8
- Directed to board members, the guide on the executive search process covers selecting and organizing a search committee, developing a profile, conducting interviews, selecting finalists, and managing the transition. The role of consultants is also discussed.
- Hauge, Jennifer Chandler and Melanie L. Herman. Taking the High Road: A Guide to Effective and Legal Employment Practices for Nonprofits. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Nonprofit Risk Management Center, 2006. 216 p. ISBN 1-893210-21-9
- Major topics include staffing, compensation and benefits, workplace policies, accessibility, privacy, and special employment issues. Numerous sample forms and checklists are provided, as are state-by-state summaries of various workplace regulations. With bibliographical references.
- Human resources. Washington, DC: National Minority AIDS Council, . 99 p. (Organizational Effectiveness Series).
- Nonprofit organizations must have a sound understanding of human resources management in order to effectively accomplish their mission. This training manual provides users of all experience levels with the fundamentals they need to build a successful human resources strategy for operating a nonprofit support organization for AIDS advocacy, prevention and treatment. Full text available
- Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Staff Screening Tool Kit. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Nonprofit Risk Management Center, 2004. v, 138 p. ISBN 1-893210-18-9 .
- Provides detailed instructions for human resources staff for establishing screening processes for paid or volunteer positions. Explains the risks that nonprofits incur for avoiding enacting such a plan, but also stresses the need to act within legal boundaries. Includes numerous worksheets, including recommended questions to ask applicants and references. Explains how to go about record checks of government databases (FBI files, state criminal history repositories, sex offender registries, for example) and how to evaluate the data. Other screening mechanisms are described, such as physical examinations, drug or alcohol testing, and personality questionnaires. Appendices list resources within each state.
- Pynes, Joan E. Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2004. 397 p. ISBN: 0-7879-7078-6.
- Covers such issues as managing a diverse workforce, equal employment opportunity, job analysis, recruitment, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, training and development, and volunteers.
- Senger, JoAnn. Designing a Not-for-Profit Compensation System. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. xxv, 198 p. ISBN 0-471-65776-X.
- Covers a broad range of issues related to compensation, often comparing the particular challenges of the nonprofit sphere to the situation in the business arena.
- Association Compensation and Benefits Study. Washington, DC: American Society of Association Executives, annual.
- AFP Compensation and Benefits Study: U.S. and Canada. Alexandria, VA: Association of Fundraising Professionals, annual
- All Nonprofit Organizations Washington, DC: Abbott, Langer Association Surveys, annual.
- Salary Survey: An Annual Survey of New York City Nonprofits. New York, NY: Professionals for NonProfits, Inc., annual.
The Nonprofit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy publish annual salary surveys of nonprofit executives.