Chicago Nonprofit Jobs

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The nonprofit sector in Chicago is a vital contributor to the local economy, providing essential services to communities throughout the region. According to the Illinois Nonprofit Center, there are over 28,000 registered nonprofit organizations in the state of Illinois, with a significant concentration in the Chicago metropolitan area.

One sector that has seen significant growth in the Chicago nonprofit job market is healthcare. With several large healthcare systems and medical research institutions located in the city, nonprofit organizations focused on healthcare and medical research have seen a significant increase in demand for their services.

Areas of the Chicago metropolitan area with the most significant concentration of nonprofit jobs include the downtown Loop area, the North Shore suburbs, and the South Side. These areas are home to a diverse range of nonprofit organizations, including social service agencies, educational institutions, and healthcare systems.

Pay for nonprofit jobs in Chicago varies depending on the organization and position. However, on average, nonprofit salaries in the Chicago metropolitan area are slightly higher than the national average. Additionally, many nonprofit organizations in the region offer competitive benefits packages to their employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.

Looking ahead, it is expected that the nonprofit sector in Chicago will continue to see growth in areas such as education, affordable housing, and workforce development. As the city continues to grapple with issues such as income inequality and access to affordable housing, there will be an increased need for nonprofit organizations to provide support and services to underserved communities. The nonprofit sector in Chicago will undoubtedly continue to be a vital contributor to the city’s social and economic well-being.

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Chicago Nonprofit Jobs: A check list for how to find work in the nonprofit sector

Do you want to find work in the nonprofit sector, and or do you need advice on where to search nonprofit jobs? Following is information on how best to go about searching for Chicago nonprofit jobs, a wonderful list of nonprofit job sites and locations you may want to utilize in finding a non-profit job, and also wonderful links to relevant articles about seeking nonprofit jobs and where online to look!


A Check List To Help You Find Chicago Nonprofit Jobs:

  • Understand how the nonprofit sector is different.
  • Learn how fundraising works and how organizational missions work and can be funded. No matter what position you are seeking, you will need to understand how the nonprofit sector works. Introduction to nonprofit fundraising.
  • Find and gain real experience working with a nonprofit; either volunteering, on a board, or on a project.
  • Read and understanding how Foundations work; who they fund, and what are restricted vs. unrestricted funds are.
  • Create a resume that mission driven. Both your cover letter and resume will need to show that you have the skills to do the nonprofit work required. You will need to be able to speak to how your background relates to the requirements of the position.
  • Know the language (nomenclature) of the nonprofit sector. Never call a nonprofit a company, and know that grantmaking means, vs. grant writing. Very generally speaking grantmaking is the act of funding a nonprofit from a foundation via offering a grant, and grant writing is the activity of writing a grant proposal to be sent out to potential funders such as to foundations, state, corporate and or federal agencies.
  • Join a nonprofit board if you are seeking a Director job or higher in the nonprofit sector. If you need help finding one, you could plan to travel and attend Board Match at one of the cities nationally.
  • Start building a new network. Find and book some informational interviews with nonprofit you are interested in. Use our network and contact people you know in the nonprofit sector. If you do not yet know anyone, plan on going to a nonprofit meetup or networking event locally near you. Then, try to meet someone, learn about what they do, and ask professionally if they would be open to grabbing a cup of coffee to offer more about how they ended up working in nonprofits, to learn more about their organization, and their work and interests. Tell them you would be interested in learning about their work, and keep it less about you, until they ask.
  • Start following nonprofit groups on linkedIn, Twitter, and reading nonprofit publications.
  • Understand and use the top nonprofit job boards to learn about new opportunities that could be a strong match for your already established skill-set.
  • Apply individually to each open position, crafting your resume and cover letter to be meet the needs and requirements of the exact position you are applying for. In your cover letter express why you are passionate about the nonprofits programs and mission, and also explain what you have accomplished and would potentially bring to the role if selected.
  • Be professional, not a pest. Follow-up but do on their terms. If you are applying from the corporate sector, that’s wonderful, but do not expect special treatment and or do not fall into the assumption that your skill-set is easy to understand how it relates to the nonprofit sector job.  Be clear on what skills you bring and what you could accomplish in the role. The number one reason corporate candidates do not find work in the nonprofit sector is for failing to phrase and customize their background to show how they would be beneficial to the nonprofit job.  Sending your existing corporate resume with an added new paragraph about your interest in their mission is not enough. Put the work in.
  • Understand what you qualify for in the nonprofit sector, and be strategic. You may need to consult with other nonprofit professionals or people you know. Ask them what jobs they feel someone with your background could qualify for in the nonprofit sector, and what the pay range is normally. First understanding how nonprofits view your experience is paramount to learning what positions you can immediately gain, and or what steps you may still need to get more experience to land your dream job.
  • Be honest, energetic, positive, professional and show what you can do.
  • Go out and start applying. Refer to the list of nonprofit job sites below in this post.

Helpful Links to Educate You About Nonprofits And Get You Ready To Interview

An Introduction to How to Find A Job In The Nonprofit Sector

Thinking About a Nonprofit Job? Here’s What You Should Know

Listen to the Fundraising Fundamentals Podcast from The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Learn About Fundraising

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This year we have had the pleasure of helping literally thousands of wonderful nonprofit professionals connect.  It is gives us great satisfaction helping so many important causes find the leaders they need. Our nonprofit job community is literally buzzing with amazing networks of new talent!

On a daily basis our devoted staff truly enjoys tweeting, posting, and building interest in the positions and organizations listed on That is why we take such great pride in promoting your work in the national philanthropic and nonprofit community.

After all, this is what we were born to do. It is our mission and focus to connect experienced professionals with impactful foundations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions in need of staff.

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Following Are The Types of Organizations That Post On Foundation List:

  • Foundations
  • Nonprofits
  • Educational Institutions / Schools
  • Unions
  • Associations
  • Consultants
  • Social Enterprises
  • Recruitment Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Institutions / Organizations
  • Other Specialties


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Positions actively posted and recruited for on Foundation List include part-time and full-time positions from executive to entry level. The Foundation List network and aggregation post is effective for all roles in the nonprofit and related sector. Following are positions that were designed to be posted with us:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Development / Grant Making
  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Communications /Marketing
  • Legal
  • Programs
  • Operations
  • Facilitates
  • Direct Services
  • Health
  • Education / Teaching
  • Partnerships
  • Counseling
  • Public Relations
  • Customer Services
  • Advocacy
  • Arts
  • Government
  • Community
  • Research
  • Grants
  • Safety
  • Social Media
  • IT / Database

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