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PND is pleased to offer articles of interest to jobseekers and prospective employers. To submit an article for consideration, e-mail Mitch Nauffts at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

Weathering the Storm: Managing Through Tough Economic Times

Commongood Careers  |  September 30, 2010

The current global economic crisis is having a clear and significant impact on the nonprofit sector. While mission-driven organizations have seen mounting demand for their services and predict that the demand will continue to grow, they are also extremely concerned about the philanthropic environment and worry about how they will be able to support an increase in services with an expected decrease in revenue. How can organizations deal with the strain presented by the current economic situation? First and foremost, they need to ensure that the organization remains financially viable during the economic downturn. Unfortunately, this will most likely mean staffing related changes because such costs represent about 70 percent of an average nonprofit's budget....

Alternatively Structured Roles and the Baby Boomer Workforce

Commongood Careers  |  August 4, 2010

Much has been written and discussed about the social sector's leadership gap, as well as the potential for retiring Baby Boomers from other sectors to play a role in addressing the growing need for talent. In reality, however, many organizations are slow to recruit and hire from this seasoned workforce, and in those instances when they do, are seemingly meeting with mixed success....

Nonprofit Career Profile: Business Operations

Commongood Careers  |  June 29, 2010

As more and more nonprofits adapt entrepreneurial philosophies of operating efficiently while scaling their programs, career opportunities in business operations are on the rise....

Getting Your Foot in the Door: Opportunities for Recent Grads

Commongood Careers  |  May 13, 2010

While some industries have direct inroads for recent graduates, entry-level opportunities in the nonprofit sector can be harder to navigate. This article shares the inside scoop about entry-level positions at a few rapidly growing organizations....

Conversations with Social Entrepreneurs

Frances Kunreuther, James Weinberg  |  March 31, 2010

The societal, economic, and political landscape looks very different in 2010 from that which existed just a few years ago. Faced with a range of new realities, social entrepreneurs feel that they are approaching an "inflection point," or a moment of dramatic change for their organizations and movement. Commongood Careers and the Building Movement Project convened "conversations" in four cities with a group of two hundred leaders from innovative nonprofits to discuss this pivotal moment in social entrepreneurship....

Talking the Talk: A Social Entrepreneur's Glossary

Commongood Careers  |  February 24, 2010

Like any field, the nonprofit sector has its own language that helps workers define who they are and what they do. As a newcomer, it can be hard to understand the nonprofit vernacular, but there's no need to cue the horrifying flashbacks to sixth grade English vocabulary lists. This article will get you started with some of the words that leading nonprofits use to describe their work....

Stories from the Recession: Hired in '09

Commongood Careers  |  January 27, 2010

The recession that began in December 2007 has grown into the longest stretch of high unemployment in the past quarter century. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' November 2009 data shows that nearly 8 million jobs have been lost during the recession. There has been much discussion about the face of unemployment in America, but there has been little attention paid to successful job seekers. What set them apart? What did they do differently? Here are four profiles of professionals, each at a different stage in their career, who have successfully secured new positions during the recession.....

Constituent Today, Staff Tomorrow

Commongood Careers  |  December 31, 2009

Some of the most valuable staff roles at a nonprofit are filled by constituents such as former volunteers, corps members, fellows, alumni, and clients; this article will guide you on how to translate your demonstrated commitment to an organization into a paid job there....

Nonprofit Career Profile: Fundraising and Development

Commongood Careers  |  November 18, 2009

Development professionals looking to move to the next level in their careers need the right mix of experience and education; this article explores the qualifications and experience needed to get ahead....

Uncommon Talent: Impacting Early Literacy, One Book at a Time

Commongood Careers  |  October 14, 2009

Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of national early literacy program Reach Out and Read, describes how the program meshes pediatric care and reading to help children and their parents be prepared for that first day of kindergarten....

In Demand Skills in the Social Sector

Commongood Careers  |  September 21, 2009

Transferable skills are skills that are useful and essential to most jobs. They are competencies developed in one situation that can be passed along to another, and are key to career changes across sectors or job functions.

Finding a Guide: The Value of Having a Professional Mentor

Commongood Careers  |  August 4, 2009

In any field, having a professional mentor can help individuals develop and advance their careers. Mentors are especially important in the nonprofit sector, where structured career development opportunities are not always readily available....

Uncommon Talent: Chinwe Onyekere, Executive Director for Project HEALTH

Commongood Careers  |  July 9, 2009

As New York's Executive Director of Project HEALTH, a nonprofit helping to break the link between poverty and poor health, Chinwe Onykere is working hard to get low-income families the resources they need through innovative volunteer services. Commongood Careers recently sat down with Chinwe to hear her thoughts on some of the key issues which are impacting her work, including how the new Social Innovation Fund will affect healthcare in America, and why diversity in the nonprofit sector is now more important then ever....

Thinking About Business School and Nonprofit Careers

Commongood Careers  |  April 28, 2009

What place does a Master of Business Administration have in the nonprofit sector? You may be surprised to know that the skills you learn when pursuing your MBA can be important in many nonprofit jobs. What's more, an increasing number of nonprofits are recognizing the valuable skills and competencies that MBAs bring to an organization. In the following article, we will profile two organizations who leverage MBA grads and then conclude with some advice about how to make the connection work....

Uncommon Talent: Marty Martinez, Director of Program Services

Commongood Careers, Dana Hagenbuch  |  April 2, 2009

As the Director of Program Services at Mass Mentoring Partnership, the only nonprofit that focuses on start-up and sustainability of high-quality mentoring programs statewide, Marty Martinez has his work cut out for him. With a deep personal commitment to youth services, as well as over eight years of experience in the field, Marty now lends his talent and drive to helping a number of mentoring organizations become more effective in the communities they serve....

Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Commongood Careers  |  March 10, 2009

In the job application process, the cover letter often represents the first opportunity you have to communicate directly with a hiring organization. This article explores five easy-to-follow strategies for writing a winning cover letter....

Uncommon Talent: Chaula Kothari Helps Social Entrepreneurs Succeed

Commongood Careers, Dana Hagenbuch  |  February 4, 2009

Launching your own social change venture is a labor of passion, creativity, and dedication. Social entrepreneurs typically possess these qualities in spades, but sometimes need support in turning their vision into reality. To that end, Teach For America developed a new program, the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, to provide its alumni with the tools and knowledge required to create systemic change through social entrepreneurship....

Starting Your Own Socially Entrepreneurial Organization

Commongood Careers  |  January 6, 2009

A socially entrepreneurial organization (SEO) takes the goal of creating social impact to a new level by using innovative methods to organize, manage and measure a venture. If you're looking to make high impact in the social change arena and have a new, enterprising plan on how to do it, starting your own SEO could be a great choice for success. In this article, we give you some tips on how to start a SEO that can survive, thrive, and even change the world....