START YOUR CAREER IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR
Updated: Sep 9
Ready to make a difference in the world? Not sure where to begin? Start here.
Called the third sector in some countries, the sector exists to fill a need the market would otherwise not. Imagine a business assigning a mentor for your child, or better yet, a government entity. There is also not an immediate business case for providing food to the hungry .There is a compelling moral case, a social case to provide both of these services, enter the nonprofit sector.
In the US nonprofits are organized under the 501(c) section of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code. There are 27 different types of 501(c) organizations. Most of our focus is on the 501 (c) 3 type. These organizations are tax-exempt. Here’s how the IRS website puts it:
The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.
With millions of registered nonprofit organizations in the US and more globally, what could possibly tie them together? REVENUE and that is just what we’re going to talk about on the Asking for Good podcast.
No matter how you want to change the world, you are going to need funders and their buy-in. Listen to frontline fundraisers from myriad types of nonprofits varying in size, organizational maturity, missions and footprint talk about the lessons learned from a specific ask. Hear their industry insights and their own personal career advice.
You want to make a difference, you’re in the right place.
about the author
Throughout her more than 15-year career in results-oriented fundraising, Katie Pooser has provided thought and strategic leadership at a diverse set of nonprofit organizations, including youth development, health care and environmental stewardship, from start-up to mature, from local to global in scale.
She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy with an Economics, B.S. and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in West Africa. She currently serves on the board of the Philanthropic Planned Giving Group of Greater New York. She is a guest speaker at undergraduate and master’s nonprofit programs to couple practical experience with theory taught in the classroom. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Katie now resides in New York City with her husband and toddler daughter.