It’s no secret that the pandemic has led many of us to reflect on our priorities and consider new career paths. For some, this has led to exploring the nonprofit sector. “Maybe I can find something that has more meaning and still leverages my skillset.”
We’ve seen many professionals make successful transitions from a corporate career to key leadership roles at a nonprofit. Chances are they’ve been asked several of these questions along the way:
- Do you have an authentic connection to the organization’s mission? Have you volunteered or have a personal story that connects you to their work? Follow your passion.
- Can you afford a lower salary or forgo an annual bonus? Nonprofit salaries are usually lower and bonuses are usually smaller or not available. Chances are, you’ll work harder and make less.
- Do you consider yourself scrappy and resourceful? Can you wear many hats and offer to help outside your area of expertise? All hands on deck.
- Are you available to work occasional evenings and weekends? Board meetings, networking events, and fundraisers can make for a busy week.
- Are you comfortable asking others for money? Even if you’re not in the development department, many roles have a fundraising component as donations are the lifeblood of most nonprofits.
- Have you worked in a diverse and inclusive organization? Can you embrace a culture that values diversity and is working to be equitable and inclusive in hiring, staff development, and at the Board? DEI is more than a passing trend at many nonprofits.
- Have you been a volunteer or served on a nonprofit Board? These can be great ways to see if an organization is a good potential fit and to demonstrate your commitment.
Many nonprofits are looking for talent to fill important leadership positions. Are you ready?
By Barry Elkus, Partner and Co-Leader of the Nonprofit Leadership Practice. Originally posted in GC Nonprofit News.