Tackling the clichés about working for an NGO

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A useful article for those seeking to switch to a green job in the nonprofit sector (which seems to have less dominance among green/environmental jobs than it did in the past). What these types of articles miss, is that the clichés are often seen from the vantage point of high-earning corporate folks switching to NGOs: if you’re already on an average (let alone low) income, many of the concerns do not exist.

Ask people who aren’t familiar with the nonprofit sector what it means to work for a charity or NGO and you’re likely to get a range of answers, many of them incorrect and probably based on stereotypes. By exploring these clichés, though, we discover a diverse, dynamic sector full of opportunities for those who want to be part of the change, creating societies that are fairer, greener and altogether more equal.

The nonprofit universe is both prosperous and diverse—educational institutions, museums and hospitals, which often have large budgets, come under its umbrella. And the sector accounts for roughly one in 10 jobs in the US, according to a 2019 report by the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University. The Department of State says approximately 1.5 million NGOs operate in the US, undertaking a wide array of activities, including political advocacy on foreign policy, elections, the environment, healthcare, women’s rights and economic development. Read the full article on Welcome to the Jungle.

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