Part 5: How to Become a Nonprofit Professional

Transitioning from the for-profit to the nonprofit sector If you are transitioning from the for-profit to nonprofit sector, I would recommend volunteering for nonprofits.  You will gain invaluable networking with the nonprofit staff and also with the other volunteers who are most likely movers and shakers in the nonprofit world.  Volunteer to work on an … More Part 5: How to Become a Nonprofit Professional

Top 10: Most outrageous things I’ve done in my career

1. Bought an engagement gift for a donor’s dog. 2. Arranged for Jamie Lee Curtis to be flown in a private plane (provided by the charity’s Board member) off of the Freaky Friday set to the Hotel Del Coronado to speak at a 600-person event for an hour. 3. After September 11th, I needed a … More Top 10: Most outrageous things I’ve done in my career

Part 4: How to Become a Nonprofit Professional

Advancing your career. Unfortunately in nonprofits, climbing the corporate ladder often means changing jobs.  According to the 2010 AFP Compensation and Benefits Study, the most frequently cited reasons that nonprofit employees wanted to change jobs was their hope to make more money (35 percent), frustration with the work environment (28 percent), a desire for more … More Part 4: How to Become a Nonprofit Professional

Why didn’t they teach me how to use a copy or fax machine in college?

My first job in the nonprofit world.   Next month, I will speaking to undergrad students about a career in the nonprofit world (November 2: University of San Diego; November 15: Pepperdine University).  So I thought it would be appropriate to talk about my personal journey for the next couple of posts to offer some … More Why didn’t they teach me how to use a copy or fax machine in college?