Nonprofits are often overlooked in the professional workforce. John Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies recognizes that nonprofits are America’s third largest workforce, behind retail trade and manufacturing.
Some states actually have more nonprofit employees than all manufacturing workers combined. The nonprofit industry is not only important to the underserved in your community, it’s also a vital part of the economy.
With more Americans caring about social responsibility, Indeed.com looked at the top-rated nonprofit workplaces. Their data analysts named these nonprofits as the best places to work for:
This national organization is headquartered in Virginia, but works directly with over 2,300 schools in 25 states. The basic program model is to build relationships with at-risk students to encourage them to stay in school. Last year, it claimed the number-five place on the list, but it topped the list at number-one this year.
Coming in at number-two, the BSA also targets youth, which is a key factor in many of the top nonprofits. Indeed.com reports some of the reviews of the staff said it “was like a big family” and “benefits were good.”
Charity Navigator gives IRC an overall rating of 92.92 out of 100 for accountability, transparency and financial information. It’s also a great place to work, according to Indeed.com. The organization has been around since 1933, providing emergency aid to refugees and people displaced by war or natural disaster. Not only does the IRC work internationally, it also helps people in the United States.
Former President Jimmy Carter has long been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity. Not surprisingly, it’s located in his home state of Georgia. It’s a job that will teach team-building and working with prospective homeowners.
Although many of the nonprofits serve children, seniors are another vulnerable population. AARP serves people 55-plus. It has a diversified staff, with a “strong culture of mentoring.” Just what you’d want to see in a professional setting.
Whether you’re job-seeking or hiring, don’t discount the experience of working at a nonprofit.