The nonprofit sector is a great area to find career opportunities for those starting out in a new field or for those who are looking to take their career to the next level.  There are a large number of nonprofits in Colorado (more than 20,000!) and across the US. According to the Urban Institute, the nonprofit sector in the US grew 2.8 percent from 2003-2013 and contributed $905.9 billion to the US economy each year. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider working for a nonprofit for your next career move:

1. Wide range of job opportunities

There are many different types of job opportunities with various skillsets offered in nonprofits. Nonprofits need teams that can do a wide range of job tasks with a variety of different backgrounds to be successful. Positions in nonprofits can include management, human resources, volunteer management, administrative support, technology, marketing and communications, fundraising and development and much more. Within these job roles, many nonprofits offer positions from entry level to higher level management, offering many opportunities.

2. Work environment

The work environment can vary in both private and the nonprofit sectors, but many nonprofit organizations offer a wide range of benefits to their employees. The 2016 Colorado Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey found that 74% of non-profits offered health insurance options, and more than 70% of organizations offer their employees’ health insurance in one month of less from their start date. The survey also found that 69% of nonprofit organization match employee retirement contributions.  Some other highlights from the Colorado Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey are 73% of organizations offer maternity leave, and 23% give employees an option to have a flexible schedule.

3. Making a difference

One aspect of a job that people seek when searching for new opportunities is being passionate about what they are doing and making an impact in the world around them. Working for a nonprofit is a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that is benefiting a cause that you feel strongly about.

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