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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.

This section of our website is new so, if you don't find what you need, drop us a note at bridget@501Commons.org and we will see if we can find it for you!

You will find resources in this area that cover the following topics...and more:

  • Career growth: Want to move from being part of the program staff to becoming a supervisor? Or a manager into a director? Or a director into the executive director? Check out the Free Management Library's Leadership Development Planning page, a list of curated resources, reading material, and activities that will help you advance your career.
  • 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. See our lengthy list of networking opportunities, education classes, and helpful reading material that can guide you toward successfully making this transition.
  • Staying on top of the field: Keeping up to date on nonprofit topics and issues- Keep tabs on books, industry publications, and blogs that every well-informed leader should be reading. Please email bridget@501commons.org if you have favorite items that should be on this list.
  • Planning for leadership turnover: Changes in leadership can be stressful for staff and can put the organization in some jeopardy if the organization has not put emergency and planned-departure successions plans in place. Avoid being caught unprepared by following these guidelines on succession planning and executive transitions.

Navigating your Nonprofit Career

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

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A Well-Informed Leader

A great leader tries as much as possible to stay on top of the best literature, thought leaders, and practices in regards to leadership.

Check Out What You Should be Reading

Leadership Transition & Succession Planning

Ready or not, leadership transition and succession are soon going to be the new normal for nonprofits. 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.

Information about Coaching

A coach is different from a consultant. Whichever you choose to hire can make a significant difference. Find out what those differences are and how you can make the best decision possible.

Learn the Difference

Career Planning and Job Seeker Advice

Information about career planning and job seeker advice.

Nonprofit Salary Information

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