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Association Careers: Why Associations?

Types of Nonprofit Organizations

There are many different types of nonprofit organizations. 

  • Associations, typically professional or trade organizations, are a community of people who have something in common, such as accountants (professional) or retail stores (trade).
  • Organizations that raise funds for philanthropic purposes are considered charitable organizations and often have special tax-exempt status from the IRS, such as the Arthritis Foundation.
  • Nonprofit groups, like college alumni associations, may not be able to collect tax-exempt donations, but they are still comprised of people with similar interests.
  • Association management companies are in a category all their own.  While AMCs are typically corporations, their purpose is to assist in the daily operations of running a nonprofit organization.  An AMC might serve as the Executive Director for more than one (typically small) organization.

Types of Positions Within Nonprofit Organizations

No matter what your area of interest or expertise, there is a position within a nonprofit organization that is perfect for you.  Consider

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Event planning
  • Education
  • Government relations
  • IT

Salaries vary, depending on location, size and type of the organization, as well as the position and prior experience.  Average salary ranges (in Georgia from the year 2008):

  • CEO-level             $75,000+
  • Director-level        $45-60,000+
  • Manager-level       $36,000+
  • Coordinator-level $32,000+
  • Support staff         $25,000+  
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