The growing number of nonprofit organizations and other philanthropic groups has made opportunities for careers in philanthropy more plentiful. Those with professional business experience or even students right out of college often find opportunities within organizations geared to giving back.

According to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, there are more than 1.4 million nonprofit organizations in the United States alone. These organizations need dedicated staff to run their operations, and employees of such nonprofits often find there are several advantages to working for charitable organizations.

• Happier work environments

•Diverse responsibilities

•Opportunities for travel: Some nonprofits offer the chance to work outside of the country. Nonprofit organizations who work across the globe may help build homes or schools in less-developed countries or establish arts and education programs in countries where such opportunities are lacking. A job in the nonprofit sector may allow people to experience new cultures and opportunities that may never present themselves in the private sector.

•Growth opportunities

People who work in the nonprofit sector often find that their careers are rewarding for a variety of reasons.

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