Although we suspect many nonprofits don’t have much impact, there are still many great nonprofits addressing pressing global issues, and they’re sometimes constrained by a lack of talent, which can make them a high-impact option.
One major advantage of nonprofits is that they can tackle the issues that get most neglected by other actors, such as addressing market failures, carrying out research that doesn’t earn academic prestige, or doing political advocacy on behalf of disempowered groups such as animals or future generations.
To focus on this category, start by making a list of nonprofits that address the top problem areas, have a large scale solution to that problem, and are well run. Then, consider any job where you might have great personal fit.
The top nonprofits in an area are often very difficult to enter, but you can always expand your search to consider a wider range of organisations. These roles also cover a wide variety of skills, including outreach, management, operations, research, and others.
We list some organisations to consider on our job board, which includes some top picks as well as an expanded list at the bottom. Read about working at effective altruism organisations and effective nonprofits more broadly in our full career review (which is unfortunately somewhat out of date).
Want to consider more paths? See our list of the highest-impact career paths according to our research.
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