Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity New York City
The phrase "work toward a purpose, not a paycheck" has never meant more right now; millennials report that mission-driven work is a major priority. For some, contributions to nonprofits go beyond a donation of volunteer time or money — it's a livelihood. Nonprofit work accounts for 10.3% of all non-government jobs and employs 11.4 million people every day, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It's a tough job category to navigate, but this might help: The organizations doing extraordinary work for their communities as well as their employees have made it to the top of Indeed's 2017 list of the top-rated nonprofits based on company reviews.
The 5 Top-Rated Nonprofits to Work For
1. Habitat for Humanity: The past few weeks have been a particularly difficult time for areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as devastating earthquakes across Mexico. Habitat for Humanity, which is dedicated to the building and improvement of homes for families in need, has been quick to step in.
Beyond the org's mission, employees note opportunities to learn, supportive managers and a fun, yet productive, workplace as reasons for high morale and a sense of value.
2. AARP: The American Association of Retired Persons, aimed at enhancing the quality of life for all as they age, ranks tops for work-life balance. Reviews indicate that high marks for pay, benefits and a feeling of commitment to the community add to the positive work culture.
The organization supports nearly 38 million members over age 50 with Social Security, retirement savings efforts, affordable health care, affordable housing and more.
3. Boy Scouts of America: This org provides programs to young people to build character, train in civic responsibility and develop personal fitness. Despite its name, it serves more than 3 million young men and women through 296 local council service centers nationwide.
Jobs range from working in an office as a program director, managing a store as a retail sales associate or even leading hikes as a camp director. Some positions note long and irregular hours, especially at levels like district executive, though reviewers also refer to passion for the mission, job security and advancement opportunities as pros.
4. Boys & Girls Club of America: This Atlanta-based organization empowers students to graduate from high school and reach their full potential through after-school programs covering topics like health and wellness, financial literacy, physical activity, music and arts, career development and more. Local chapters support kids as young as 6, as well as teens 16 and over.
One employee wrote on Indeed, "Each day I have the opportunity to not just affect the lives of the students that I work with, but the lives of their family and possibly their descendants. I take this responsibility seriously and hold it with great pride."
5. Communities In Schools: This national org works within public and charter schools to support at-risk students to stay in school through personal one-on-one relationships with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, learning marketable skills to use upon graduation and opportunities to give back to peers and the community.
Open positions range from community school coordinator, human resource director, field supervisor, marketing coordinator and more. While hours can be long and stressful, and the pay low (in line with much other nonprofit work), employees find value in the mission they serve to empower younger generations to succeed.
Says one Indeed reviewer: "Working one on one and building these trusting relationships is what makes this job incredibly worth it. These students love, trust and enjoy CIS and what it offers! They look for the support, they look for the encouragement but mostly they look for someone away from home, whom they can turn to, love and speak to on a personal trusting level."