Many people endeavor to work for a nonprofit organization, but finding the right fit, especially if you live in a small area, can be challenging. Perhaps you’re drawn to nonprofits because you feel a particular calling to help a specific group, be it people, animals, or the environment. Such specific desires may mean a lack of career opportunities for you. Maybe similar organizations aren’t hiring, or simply don’t exist. Of course, you’ve always got the power to take matters into your own hands, which will get you that job you’ve always wanted and fulfill the community for the services you envision.
A digital presence is more important than ever, especially when your business depends upon interactions with the greater community. While it is difficult to get someone to respond to a phone call in these modern times, many folks are quick to respond to an email. For nonprofits, great website copy and clear contact information are essential to continued operations. And, the easier you make it for folks, the more likely they might be to return the favor.
The never-ending struggle to finance community organizations can feel like a game of cat and mouse--you discover a funding source only to have it pulled out from under you. Maybe it isn’t renewable, perhaps you don’t qualify, maybe the requirements are too strenuous for your maxed out staff. Whatever the case, finding grants can be a tricky process, particularly when you don’t have someone on it full time. But, as you know, every organization, even and especially nonprofits, require dollars to conduct business.
There are a variety of factors that influence career change, and these can vary within generations. For millennials and beyond, career fulfillment ranks highly in the list of things that make a job a great and long term fit. For some, this means a switch from the corporate world to the nonprofit world. While this can happen at any point in a person’s career, it is often a harsh change for the employee.
In July of 2018, the IRS removed a requirement that said certain tax-exempt organizations had to report the names and addresses of contributors on tax forms sent to the IRS (Revenue Procedure 2018-38). The change met some opposition, and people argued that it may convolute the system, allowing “dark money” into the nonprofit world. Now, approximately a year later, we’re talking about it again. Democratic senators Ron Wyden (Oregan) and Bob Casey (Pennsylvania) recently sent a letter to Charles Rettig, current IRS Commissioner.