by Nate Dorr

Are you often led by your big heart and desire to help others? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Is your passion the environment? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then a career in the nonprofit world might be right up your alley!


Minnesota’s nonprofit sector provides a wide range of community services. Workers in civic and social organizations and other social advocacy sectors provide a safety net to the state’s residents in need. This often compliments government services. Other nonprofit organizations include unions, business associations, professional, political, and human rights organizations that exist to represent particular groups or even sway public opinion. Still other nonprofits focus on health care and environment advocacy. Grantmaking organizations provide further access to funding for many important nonprofit activities.


These organizations are collectively called “nonprofits,” a name that is used to describe institutions and organizations that are neither government nor business, and who do not make a profit. In total, an estimated 31,758 people work in the nonprofit sector in Minnesota.


The job outlook for the nonprofit sector is good. Social and demographic shifts should increase demand for services and spur job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers with strong communication and fundraising skills will be most in demand, because organizations must constantly mobilize public support for their activities.


The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) makes finding a nonprofit job easier. Their job board helps Minnesota nonprofits connect to job seekers. Recently, over 800 jobs were posted on their site, ranging from executive directors and program managers, volunteers and interns, even doctors and nurses. The Twin Cities region had the majority of nonprofit job postings, but employers all across Minnesota use the MCN job board to find candidates who are passionate about their organizations. For example, I lead the hiring committee for a local nonprofit, and we post our jobs on the MCN website in the hope it will result in qualified candidates familiar with fundraising, client services, and partnerships.


As a job seeker, make sure include this site in your job search. It may produce just the results you are looking for! And if you want to explore more careers in nonprofits, check out Idealist, a website which lists jobs, organizations, volunteer opportunities, resources, and more.


Nate Dorr ( is a Regional Analyst with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and serves 26-counties in the northwest region.