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Last week on Twitter, Allison Jones asked our fellow nonprofit tweeps:  “What’s the biggest misconception about the nonprofit sector that drives you crazy?

My answer: It drives me crazy when people assume that the nonprofit sector is not a career of choice.

Nonprofit Career

Yes, an individual can have a career in the nonprofit sector, just like someone in the for-profit or government sectors.  A nonprofit career requires education and experience – intentionally investing in professional development.  A nonprofit career offers incredible joys and challenges.  And, yes, a nonprofit career can pay your bills!

Choosing Nonprofit

Yes, an individual can choose the nonprofit sector, preferring it over opportunities available in the for-profit or government sectors.  A nonprofit career is not the “left-overs” or unfortunate “default.”  Choosing nonprofit means prioritizing community impact.  Choosing nonprofit means addressing the moral question of defining and working toward the public good.

Yes, I consider the nonprofit sector my career of choice, and I am pleased with my decision – one of committment and of compassion.

Please leave a comment with your response to the question!  What’s the biggest misconception about the nonprofit sector that drives you crazy?

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