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Nonprofits

1. Pro Humanitate for Work
2. How can I get involved in nonprofit work at Wake Forest?
3. What are the main differences between for profits and nonprofits?
4. What nonprofit resources are available?
5. What student loan repayment resources are available?

1. Pro Humanitate for Work

The nonprofit industry is a vast and growing collection of more than 700,000 organizations that employ over 10 million people. While these organizations have varied goals and missions, they all have one thing in common: a concern for quality of life and a commitment to the betterment of a specific population.

Nonprofit organizations come in all shapes and sizes, from the local museum to the United Way to your alma mater. Many nonprofits work at the forefront of such major issues as AIDS, civil rights, homelessness, and the environment.

The exact structure of a nonprofit varies greatly depending upon the size and type of the organization. In a smaller nonprofit, one or two people may work as generalists fulfilling the requirements of all functions of the organization, while larger nonprofits often have entire departments set up to manage each function separately.

People who work for nonprofits agree that the best part of working in the industry is the sense of meaning and purpose they get from their job and from being part of their respective organizations. In most cases, this creates an environment that is less competitive and more communal than that of most for-profit organizations.

Nonprofit organizations expect a strong degree of commitment and dedication to their cause and the organization. This is expected of everyone—from the executive director to the administrative assistants and interns. This type of commitment often means that you work long, hard hours. It can sometimes be difficult to maintain a personal life in this type of work, and people can easily get burned out.

As nonprofits grow rapidly in size and number, they urgently need enthusiastic and dedicated graduates to get involved in a variety of challenging ways. Often, the best way to find a job in a nonprofit is to start out as a volunteer.

2. How can I get involved in non profit work at Wake Forest?

The Pro Humanitate Institute

The Pro Humanitate Institute is a core of learning, teaching, research, service, and action that transforms the ethos of Wake Forest University into an explicit mission connected to clear practices with meaningful social justice outcomes. Many of the PHI’s programs work directly with local Nonprofits. Check out the Programs portion of their website to learn how you can get involved!

Pro Humanitate Institute Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program

The Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program (SNIP) is a summer immersion program that brings together undergraduates at Wake Forest University with community partners to enhance both the learning of the student and the capacity of the nonprofit partner. The student participants selected are seeking scholarly, professional, and personal development through intensive work in the nonprofit sector.  Ideal community partners are able to provide committed mentoring and supervision to the student and a work plan that enriches the capacity of their organization while connecting to the student’s academic and/or professional interests.

Program Information

Dates
June-July

Application
Available mid-February

Support
Fellows are provided free housing and receive a $750 fellowship award

Contact
Shelley Sizemore (gravessa@nullwfu.edu)

 

 

3. What are the main differences between for profits and non profits?

  • The purpose of a nonprofit company is to serve society rather than make money, and at the end of the year any profits that do exist are recycled back into the organization’s programs.
  • Nonprofits are tax exempt.
  • Volunteers make up a large portion of the workforce.
  • Nonprofits depend on fundraising to survive by soliciting money from the general public, private companies, government, and foundations.
  • Nonprofits are required to have a board of directors made up of three or more volunteers responsible for setting policies, electing officers, and ensuring the organization’s mission is carried out.
  • Decisions are not based on cost-effectiveness, but rather on more “mission-related” criteria.
  • A nonprofit company measures its productivity not in dollars but in how well it reaches its goals and fulfills its mission.
  • Nonprofit salaries are generally 15 to 20 percent less than for-profit companies.
  • The atmosphere in most nonprofits is more casual and relaxed.
  • Nonprofits often provide experience in many different areas and functions.

4. What non profit resources are available?
Jobs and Networking Opportunities
Idealist
GuideStar
Nonprofit Jobs
Opportunity Knocks
Handshake
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
Nonprofit Career Network

Electronic Journals/News Sources
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Philanthropy Journal
Philanthropy News Digest
Society for Nonprofit Organizations

General Nonprofit Resources
Independent Sector
National Council of Nonprofit Associations

Foundations
Council on Foundations
The Foundation Center
Washington Grantmakers

Nonprofit Management and Consulting
Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Association of Consultants to Nonprofits

Fundraising
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement

International
UN Department of Public Information NGOs
USAID

For a timeline of the job and internship search process and nonprofit industry recruiting, click here.

5. What student loan repayment resources are available?
Another important factor to consider when making your decision is student loan repayment. Be knowledgeable and understand your options. Click here to learn more about repaying student loans after graduation and starting your career.