More Money, Same Salary

by Pervez Soomar

It is hard enough to pay for four years of school (probably more), but its even harder to live a financially free lifestyle while you are trying to make a huge difference by working for a nonprofit, teaching, coaching, or doing anything else that involves big sacrifices with little financial payoff. Simply put, a financial free lifestyle is being able to do the things you love without having to make major financial sacrifices. According to, the average student loan debt for a 2014 graduate was $33,000. That doesn’t sound like a lot for someone who lands an investment banking gig at Goldman Sachs right after graduating, but it is a lot for someone working at a local nonprofit for $30,000 per year. Working in the service sector has its ups and downs, but it is definitely possible to continue working and while being financially free.

Oddly enough, the most financially savvy people that I have met have been the people with the lowest salaries. These people have been able to figure out how to live without the things that cause clutter, and instead concentrate on things that bring happiness. These are also the same people that end up having much more money to spend on the things they love.

There are 3 simple strategies that you need to develop in order to make working for a cause easier on your wallet.

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How YNPN of OKC Got Me a Nonprofit Job

by Marian Cooper

In the Spring of 2013, less than three months into my first paid nonprofit job, I heard about a professional organization for newbies to the nonprofit sector. I followed up and attended my first YNPN event at Sauced on Paseo on May 14, 2013. At this first networking happy hour, I met at least a dozen other contemporaries looking to connect with their peers. I learned that the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Oklahoma City (YNPN of OKC) is a locally cohort of emerging nonprofit workers or those interested in breaking into the industry.

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Are Volunteering Jobs & Internships Considered Professional Experience?

by C.J. Powers, MBA, MA Originally posted at The CJ Project

I get this question a lot when I do my professional development workshops…”Will employers consider any nonprofit work or volunteer-intern work as prior experience?” The answer is yes and no. The bottom line is you NEVER know what the employer, recruiter, or hiring manager is looking for deep down. All you can do is put your best foot forward and hope that your experience and skills measure up to what they are looking for. Not to mention that it’s good to come to them with something (even if it was unpaid voluntary experience that’s related) than nothing or unrelated experience. While giving back to the community is the main purpose, it also gives you a chance to test out career options and get other valuable resources for your professional future.

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