A Career in Philanthropy

You don’t have to be a Rockefeller or a Carnegie to become an active philanthropist. Simply involving yourself in charitable activities makes you a philanthropist. However, some people want to go further in this career, and make philanthropy a central part of their lives.

A career in philanthropy can take many forms. There are literally thousands of non-government agencies (NGOs) and nonprofit organizations around the world assisting people in need. You simply must find a cause that you are passionate about, whether it is combating hunger, promoting education, ensuring clean drinking water, or fighting for human rights. Once you pinpoint a cause that you truly believe in, you can shape your career from there.

Many universities offer degrees in nonprofit work and community service. From this education, you can acquire the contacts needed to establish a career in philanthropy. One ideal conduit for aspiring philanthropists is the United States Peace Corps, which can provide the budding philanthropist as well as the grizzled veteran invaluable experience in helping those in need in a wide variety of activities.

But you do not have to go off to far flung countries to practice philanthropy. There are plenty of opportunities to be had in the United States, such as working with sick children, helping new Americans pass their citizenship tests, or joining AmeriCorps. Fundraising is also another important activity that all nonprofit organizations need. If you are an eloquent person and natural salesperson, you could be an invaluable fundraising resource for the nonprofit organization you are passionate about.

From homeless shelters to classrooms, a career in philanthropy is only limited by your imagination and generosity. Though you likely will not become wealthy in the nonprofit sector, the reward from helping your fellow man is worth more than any six-figure salary.