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Job Hunters: Study says "Think Nonprofits"

October 22, 2010

NEW YORK - Looking for a job? Think nonprofit. A study from Johns Hopkins University found employment in the not-for-profit world actually grew by an average of 2.5 percent per year between the second quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2009 - the worst part of the recent recession. This, while for-profit employment fell by an average of 3.3 percent, says the study's author, Lester Salamon.

"This was a rare bright spot in the overall employment picture of the country. Nonprofit employment was actually growing in the recession."

Salamon attributes some of the growth to jobs created by the Obama administration's stimulus program, and he believes a second stimulus would help further by providing what he calls a "double whammy" of creating jobs in a sector that helps solve problems created by the ailing economy.

Ann Marie Thigpen directs the Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which trains and certifies leaders in the nonprofit field. It's housed in the School of Social Work at Adelphi University, where she sees many young people setting their sights on nonprofit employment.

"I teach a seminar all about it. And I encourage them. I say, 'It's a job where you won't make a fortune, but you'll be able to sleep really well at night. It's a job where you know at the end of the day you will have done some good and made some differences.'"

Thigpen notes that while she would certainly recommend a young job-seeker go into the nonprofit sector, she especially looks for those who evidence a passion for it.

"They're majoring in everything from business, to art, to English, to history, and yet they have part of their soul that really wants to give back, and most of them really do want to work in the nonprofit sector."

She also sees a lot of financial types who have recently left Wall Street - either voluntarily or otherwise - deciding to start new careers helping people through nonprofit work.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY