A Millennial’s Guide to Being a Nonprofit Professional

2016-03-30 09.09.10
Amanda Neumann

Are you young, ambitious, and want to work in the nonprofit sector but don’t know where to start? This a quick guide to beginning your journey into nonprofits.

Step 1: Find out what you care about.

Wanting to work in philanthropy is a noble cause. However, if you don’t care about the populations you’re serving or the problems you’re trying to quell, there’s a good chance you won’t enjoy the work. One of the most rewarding aspects of working with nonprofits is doing good work that you are passionate about. You don’t have pour all of your passions into one issue or philanthropic cause, but it’s important to be prepared for emotional labor.

Step 2: Determine what kind of work you like to do.

So, you’ve decided on the cause or causes you’re most invested in–what now? Easy! What are you good at? What do you like to do? Writing, community outreach, marketing, accounting, data entry, animation? Focus in on your skills–both the ones you’ve worked to perfect and the ones you’re still working on–to determine what type of role you’d like to play in a nonprofit organization. 

Step 3: Find organization you’d like to work with.

Volunteering is a great way to start with a nonprofit organization you’d like to work with. You can volunteer on a regular basis or reach out and see if you can donate your time or talent for a specific project or event. The best way to get involved with organization that you admire is simply to reach out to them. Even if you can’t volunteer, forming relationships with organizations you’d like to work can be extremely beneficial and rewarding.

Step 4: Be confident.

Easier said that done, right? Like many professional fields, nonprofits are filled with experienced individuals who (more than likely) know a lot more than you. But, that’s not a bad thing. It’s important to be confident in your abilities and in your willingness to learn. Remember–your skills and ideas are unique. Don’t undervalue yourself or your contributions. And, of course, fake your confidence until you make your confidence!

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully you’ve begun thinking about ways you can make the most out of your passion for nonprofits.


Job Opportunity – PBS39 Corporate Development Account Executive


Location: PBS39, Fort Wayne

With a career in sales at PBS39, you will have the opportunity to reach your maximum potential while directly impacting growth of the station and its clients. As a Corporate Development Account Executive, your primary responsibility will be to generate new business and maintain existing sponsors through great customer service.

The ideal candidate will possess a true passion for developing new business, and have the ability to persuade and influence others. This person will also exhibit excellent communication skills, consistent work ethic, and be achievement oriented and self-motivated.

Role Expectations:

  • Meet and exceed revenue targets.
  • Initiate sales process by prospecting, scheduling appointments, making presentations, understanding client business needs, developing proposals, and closing sales.
  • Develop aggressive market strategies by monitoring competitive products, trends, and client reactions.
  • Build diverse client portfolios by crafting strategic solutions around PBS39’s unique products and services.
  • Actively manage, service, and grow multiple accounts.
  • Deliver consistent value and service that ensures the client considers you a strategic partner, and enables PBS39 to capture repeat and incremental business.

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Job Opportunity – Science Central Development & Marketing Director

POSITION: Development & Marketing DirectorScience Central Logo

DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a self-motivated, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to direct its development, grant writing, fundraising events, advertising, and public relations. This position is a professional, senior-level job reporting to the executive director and requires significant experience in those work areas, high-level writing skills, the ability to multi-task, and extensive knowledge of community/regional funding sources. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing. Duties will include – research, write, review and monitor grants; write interim and final grant reports; develop and update the grant/development databases and due dates; establish and cultivate sponsorships with businesses and corporations; fully manage fundraising events such as the annual gala and golf outing; both attend and plan staff and committee meetings; develop banners and tv/radio ads; coordinate and maintain the calendar for, and write and design newsletters, brochures, press releases; direct graphic design activities; develop and coordinate partnerships with media, community organizations and foundations; maintain web site and social media outlets; organize and maintain all electronic and hard copy marketing and funding files and records; cultivate members as a donor base; supervise full- and part-time staff; manage Strategic Plan components such as marketing plans, annual fund, fundraising plans, etc. Continue reading

Job Opportunity – Women’s Bureau Residential Assistant Position

Residential Assistant Position (part-time)

The Residential Assistant (RA) – provides supportive services to women recovering from substance abuse in a residential treatment facility. This individual must be skilled in documenting information, handling client issues and complaints, and providing basic customer service to clients and guests. Duties include but are not limited to: maintaining a professional environment; providing positive feedback to clients as needed; completing referrals, progress and corrective action forms; monitoring and accurately documenting client medication intake; documenting daily room checks; observing and documenting client behavior and activities; assigning and verifying completion of residential chores, answering and directing telephone calls; serving as a point of contact to clients and guests; inventory management, and transportation of clients using a company vehicle. RA’s may be called on to oversee the clients’ children for short periods of time on occasion. Facility operates 24/7 and is staffed accordingly. RAs work every other weekend and every other holiday.

This is a part-time position averaging 20-24 hours/week. Every effort is made to set regular weekly schedules, but occasional changes must be made to cover openings for staff vacancies and/or days off. You may be asked to work additional hours to cover these times. Current openings are for evening and night shifts.

Position offers a great opportunity to gain experience in the field of addictions, necessary for more advanced positions. Continue reading

Job Opportunity – Women’s Bureau Case Manager

Case Manager

Transitions Program


  • Full-time, exempt, salaried

Job Purpose

  • Provide support and aid women and their families in overcoming substance abuse addiction and developing positive family skills.
  • Reports to the Clinical Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interview clients to determine nature and degree of substance abuse problem and develop treatment plans;
  • Secure information, such as medical, psychological and social history contributing to client’s situation;
  • Assist clients, both individually and in groups, to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems and client’s part in creating those attitudes;
  • Facilitate groups focusing on addiction, relapse prevention and twelve steps.
  • Assist client progress by giving appropriate assignments, offering feedback in groups and tracking progress throughout program;
  • Compile records and prepare reports, includes documenting client’s care, activities, progress toward recovery, or lack of, etc., and monthly staffing reports;
  • Develop and update individual client charts including assessments, contracts, service agreements, release forms, treatment plans, drug screen results, medical information and discharge forms;
  • Refer clients to community resources and other organizations;
  • Observe client’s daily living and parenting skills and redirect and/or teach skills where needed;
  • Complete weekly 1:1 sessions with assigned clients;
  • Communicate with each client’s Child Protective Service caseworker, advising them of each client’s progress and/or problems and/or goals;
  • Follow up with referrals written on assigned clients and give appropriate consequences for behavior;
  • Provide van transportation for clients;
  • Follow-up client’s case with home visits, telephone calls, attending meetings and providing assistance as appropriate;
  • Accurately document all interactions with client in the Electronic Medical Record;
  • Attend staff meetings, weekly treatment team meetings, and in-service training programs.

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Let’s Put On A Show

A Fundraiser’s Journey

Kelly Updike for PCNRCKelly Updike

When I was casting about for upcoming blog topics, a staffer suggested I write about what a bad idea it is to have a stage show for a fundraiser. Oh, yeah, everyone around the table agreed, please tell people it’s a bad idea.

OMG, you say, how can people who work at the Embassy say that?

Because it’s true. Many people approach us with their great idea for putting something on stage because they think it’s an easy path to making a lot of money. However, it’s not the backyard simplicity expressed in Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movies.

This is true for any fundraising event. There are risks, even after careful planning. Continue reading

Job Opportunity – Habitat for Humanity Director of Development

Director of DevelopmentHabitat for Humanity

This is a high-energy, relationship-based, goal-oriented position requiring extremely strong organizational skills, speaking/communication skills and a genuine passion for Habitat’s mission. The Director of Development is a valued member of the leadership team responsible for the strategic development, management, implementation and evaluation of all fundraising programs supporting Habitat’s mission in the community.

Click on the link for the full job description. Director of Development

Cover letter and resume required. Send to careers@fortwaynehabitat.org. No phone calls, please.