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Resources for Nonprofit Careers

Whether you're seeking to enter the nonprofit sector, transitioning from the business world or trying to move up into a leadership position, we have the information and resources to help you advance your nonprofit career.

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Career Development: You will find resources in this area about finding a job in the nonprofit sector, salary levels, professional development and career advancement strategies and ways to develop your leadership competencies.

Leadership development: Developing into a nonprofit leader doesn't happen overnight. It requires a familiarity with boards, fundraising, communities, work relationships, and a willingness to always change, grow, and adapt. This "Learn" section of the 501 Commons website offers you information on training, degree programs, and other learning opportunities that can guide you to being a successful leader.

Navigating your Nonprofit Career

Find resources and advice designed to help you be successful in your nonprofit career.

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Career Planning & Job Seeker Advice

Leadership skills bloom when the right knowledge has been developed and the conditions for working effectively with people are in place.

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Working with a Coach

A coach is different from a consultant. Find out how coaching can support you and your staff.

Learn about coaching

Nonprofit Salary Information

Compensation matters! See how much nonprofit staff are paid across the country and discover how your organization stacks up.

See salary info

Leadership Transition & Succession Planning

Ready or not, leadership transition and succession are the new normal. The good news is that preparing for these changes is not rocket science!

Transition like a pro

Leadership Development Resources

Go to the Free Management Library's Leadership Development Planning guide for ways to plan, customize, and evaluate your own learning path.

A Well-Informed Leader

A great leader needs to be constantly learning. We can help you stay on top of the best nonprofit books, blogs, podcasts, thought leaders, and practices.

Our reading & listening list

501 Compensation Tracker

Research compensation information for 175 nonprofit job titles. You can directly compare data from multiple job titles. Get informed by accessing this free public tool.

Access pay data