Essential Skills And Traits For Professionals Transitioning Into The Nonprofit Industry


"Whether an individual is a part of a for-profit or nonprofit organization, the skills they gain from their position don't have to be tied strictly to their respective industry."

That's the takeaway from Forbes' list of 16 traits that can help you transition into the nonprofit world.

The list was compiled by the Forbes Nonprofit Council, which is made up of nonprofit leaders from around the country.

Here are the top six traits: empathy: "As an executive leader in the for-profit industry for over a decade, I found that the one transferable skill that really serves me well in the nonprofit industry is my skill in understanding what the person in power wants and creating a partnership that embodies it," says Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4-H Council.

"Body, verbal and written language are important, so being able to read all three will prove to be beneficial for you as a nonprofit leader, especially when seeking funding."

leadership: "I moved into nonprofit leadership in 2020 after over 20 years in the for-profit world," says Christopher Dipnarine, 4MyCiTyre.

"The one skill that would best serve any professional making such a transition would, in my opinion, be setting clear goals for the team."

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Leilah Janah is a social entrepreneur popularly known as the CEO of Samasource, a nonprofit organization that works to bring enterprise data services which focus on helping disadvantaged workers. Samasource also makes it possible to change the lives of its workers and their families by helping them find dignified, sustainable work online.

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