Nonprofit employment resources

There are over a million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and millions more around the world that address important policy issues. Consequently, the nonprofit sector is a major employer of public policy graduates. Relevant positions in the nonprofit world may include management, development, communications, evaluation, and government relations.

General resources

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Top job boards

Associations and networks

  • Alliance for Justice (A national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society)
  • AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
  • APPAM (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management)
  • APSIA (Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs)
  • ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action)
  • ASPA (American Society for Public Administration)
  • Coalition on Human Needs (An alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations)
  • Community Shares of Wisconsin (Network of nonprofits committed to social and environmental change)
  • Council on Foundations (Provides leadership, opportunities, and tools for philanthropic organizations)
  • Democratic Policy Network (DPN is working to gather, package, organize, and champion an interstate agenda of Movement policies)
  • Greater Madison Nonprofit Directory (a comprehensive guide to IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organizations located in Dane, Columbia, Green, Iowa and Sauk counties)
  • NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)
  • National Coalition for the Homeless
  • National Council of Nonprofits (The nation’s largest network of nonprofits)
  • Wisconsin Nonprofits (A network of Wisconsin’s nonprofits)
  • YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, connections for under 40s)

Other nonprofit employment resources

Sample employers

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Development and health

Environmental and grassroots


Policy and research