Or perhaps you feel compelled to step into a role at the International Rescue Committee, which responds to humanitarian crises around the world (and it was formed at the behest of Albert Einstein). International opportunities are not limited to time- specific situations, such as rebuilding efforts in commu- nities after an earthquake or hurricane has struck. They also include organizations hoping to influence foreign policy by issuing white papers or convening influential policymakers; the Academy for Genocide Prevention has done this. Foundations with foreign offices, such as the Rockefeller Foundation or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, also engage in more long-term ini- tiatives; the latter, for instance, created a nearly $900 million trust fund dedicated to helping small farmers in India and sub-Saharan Africa. The fund has introduced microirrigation practices to 100,000 farmers in India, a move that has allowed many to almost double their income. PUBLIC AND SOCIAL BENEFIT Although almost all nonprofits could be a public and social benefit, the designation is meant to stand in for that group of professional associations, civic organiza- tions, and similar bodies that function as nonprofits but are not likely to be the first or second names the average Joe would call out when pressed for examples of nonprofits. These include tenant associations, labor unions, or professional groups, such as the National Society of Black Engineers, which works with and for its members to increase the number and success of black professionals in the engineering field through activities such as networking events and conferences. Labor unions also work on behalf of their members, representing them in disputes with employers and negotiating favorable terms at the bargaining table. Fraternal organizations such as the Shriners or Lions Club are yet another set of nonprofits that fit here, as are your brother’s Little League team, your mother’s beloved Green Party, and the chamber of commerce your father is always grumbling about.
21 CHAPTER 1 AT A GLANCE WETFEET INSIDER GUIDE CHAPTER 2 NONPROFIT OVERVIEW CHAPTER 4 ON THE JOB CHAPTER 5 THE WORKPLACE CHAPTER 6 GETTING HIRED CHAPTER 7 FOR YOUR REFERENCE CHAPTER 3 OPPORTUNITIES RELIGION-RELATED Despite being almost the smallest subsector of all non- profits (only international and foreign-affairs nonprof- its are fewer), religion-related organizations took in a third of all private donations in 2009. You might be thinking here of the donation baskets passed around your church, synagogue, or temple, but religion- related nonprofits also include organizations such as Catholic Charities, which places in the top ten power brands. The nationwide organization has locations throughout the United States and features a range of program interests from adoption to low-income hous- ing solutions. The Christian nonprofit Habitat for Humanity, on the other hand, has a macrofocus (it’s an international organization) and a microaspect (it zeroes in on housing to the exclusion of other issues
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