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Happy Nonprofit Career Month!

October 1, 2009

For those of you that haven’t heard yet, there’s a new initiative in the works being powered by Idealist.org and the Kellogg Action Lab! October 1, 2009 marks the beginning of recognizing October as Nonprofit Career Month!

If you’re like me, you’re probably asking yourself, “What exactly is it? Do I need to do anything differently?” It’s okay if

you don’t know about it because it’s brand new! You can be the first amongst your group of friends to know the meaning behind this amazing month and how you can advocate it to your peers. You’ll probably end up being the coolest person ever!

The mission of Nonprofit Career Month is to raise awareness of the diversity of nonprofit careers; provide space to share and find best practices, experts, and resources; and create a hub for information about nonprofit careers. Since most of you are nonprofit gurus anyway, you’ve probably got 1,000,001 ways to tell everyone you know. For those of you that might need some help in what you can do, here’s a short list to jump start your brain:

  • Check out the speakers database for your next gathering to find nonprofit professionals representing a range of nonprofit career fields. Some of those listed will have also identified as willing to do informational interviews and job shadows.
  • Share your best practice for nonprofit organizations on the best practice database.
  • Peruse the blog for posts from guest bloggers, tips from experts, and new events and resources.

The ideas listed are merely guidelines, but if you can think of other ways, by all means… try them! If you’ve discovered your own way to share this new initiative, be sure to post it here and share with your fellow AmeriCorps Alums! I’m looking forward to seeing the other amazing ideas that you can create!

HAPPY NONPROFIT CAREER MONTH!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2009 7:29 pm

    This is a really great idea, because after all it is non-profits that really keep communities thriving.

    Thanks!

  2. October 6, 2009 9:29 am

    Katie,

    Thank you so much for the comment! Have you checked out the AmeriCorps Alums website yet? It’s located at http://www.americorpsalums.org.

    You can create a profile and get updated information about events and meet other people serving near you!

    If you need help, just let me know. I commented on your blog, but wanted to reiterate “congratulations” on choosing to do a year of service!

    You rock!

    Yours in service,
    Stephen Anfield
    DC Chapter Alumni Director

  3. October 27, 2009 3:26 pm

    In the spirit of nonprofit month, I’d like to share an amazing opportunity for service as a fellow for Atlas Corps, an international development nonprofit:

    Paid, Overseas Fellowship Positions with Atlas Corps
    Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for their 2010-2011 fellowship positions in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Bogota, Colombia. Expenses are paid in this prestigious fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, and training. Applicants must have 3 or more years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a college degree, fluency in English (and Spanish if applying to volunteer in Colombia), and a commitment to return to their home country after one year. Candidates from outside the U.S. are placed at outstanding host organizations in Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD including Ashoka, Asian American LEAD, CentroNía, Grameen Foundation, and Population Action International. Candidates from the U.S. are placed at organizations in Bogota like Global Humanitaria and Oxfam GB. In addition to volunteering full time at their host organizations, Fellows are enrolled in a management development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world. For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: http://www.atlascorps.org/apply.html and watch a short video about the application process here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx63RKbqoKY. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2009.

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