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Non-Profit JobsCharities and nonprofits include organizations such as foundations, churches, private schools, scientific institutions, social welfare organizations, professional and trade associations and hospitals. To be classified as a nonprofit, their objective must be to serve the public good instead of a private interest. Although technically distinct the terms "charitable" and "nonprofit" are often used interchangeably.

Charities deal with problems, perform research, fight for causes, provide funding for various causes and perform numerous other tasks. Nonprofits represent special interests or provide social services that can't be delivered by the government or the market. Charities and nonprofits earn money from many sources, however almost all charities need donations to cover their costs.

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Charities and Nonprofits Sector Facts
  • The U.S. nonprofit industry has a combined annual revenue of over $1 trillion (First Research, report 2011)
  • Nonprofits making over $100 million account for less than 1 percent of all the organizations, however they earn more than 60 percent of industry revenue (First Research, report 2011)
  • U.S. nonprofit industry includes over 1.4 million organizations (First Research, report 2011)
  • The U.S. health fund raising sector consists of approximately 2,800 organizations
  • Organizations which provide health services account for 37 percent of the revenues of the whole nonprofit sector (Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS))

Charities and Nonprofits Sector Employment Background

Nonprofits include almost all occupations. Although employees of charities and nonprofits typically have lower salaries than workers in the corporate world, many non-profit employees have high salaries, well above the average for all workers.

Managers of volunteers, recruit, train and schedule unpaid staff. They may need knowledge of an occupation or industry such as construction to prepare volunteers for tasks. Volunteer managers also have administrative tasks to perform. Volunteer managers also need to be proficient with computers to create databases to keep track of volunteers.

Large-gift directors ask people to contribute large sums of money. They often meet prospective donors at fundraising events.

Directors of planning help people make charitable endowments and bequests - gifts the charity will receive later over time. They typically have expertise in tax, gift and estate law.

Grant writers write proposals to raise money from foundations, corporations and government agencies. They write proposals describing why their charity or nonprofit needs the funds and how they will use the money.

Other common occupations in charities and some nonprofits include director of direct marketing, credit counselors, human service workers, instructors, medical personnel, outreach workers, counselors and communications directors. Other positions are event coordinators, community organizers and nonprofit lobbyists.

Charities and Nonprofits Sector Employment Statistics

  • Health professionals, other professionals, educators, health technicians, service occupations and administrative support workers account for the majority of paid workers in the nonprofit sector
  • In 2008 there were 1.3 million jobs in the advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations sector, also known as nonprofit organizations
  • The majority of jobs in the advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations sector are provided by organizations with fewer than 50 workers
  • In 2008 there were 194.7 (in thousands) workers in social advocacy organizations
  • In 2008 in advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations 70 percent of the employees worked full-time
  • In 2008 office and administrative support workers in advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations accounted for 23 percent of the jobs
  • Management, business and financial occupations in advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations accounted for 23.3 percent of the jobs in 2008

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Charities and Nonprofits Sector Employment Outlook

The charities and nonprofit sectors have been negatively affected by the harsh economic climate, which has resulted in job losses. However the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 14 percent growth for the advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations sector from 2008 to 2018, compared to 11 percent growth forecasted for all industries combined. Demands for nonprofit services will increase do to a rapidly growing elderly population and an increase in immigrants and refugees as well as an increasing number of single parent households.