5 Reasons to Work for a Nonprofit

Nonprofit careers help individuals live and work with purpose, execute their jobs with passion and give back to a community.

Strayer University alumni share their reasons for choosing nonprofit work.

1: It draws people with big hearts

photo of XiongTammy Appel (BBA ’06, MPA ’13)
Assistant Director, Empowerhouse

Empowerhouse supports survivors of domestic violence, and their children and families, through shelter, advocacy, awareness and intervention.

“The work we do can weigh on you. My coworkers have the biggest hearts and are so passionate about what they do. The times when we are feeling the most pressure are when we come together as a team to help a client.”

2: It is much more than a job

photo of XiongAaron Keegan (MPA ’09)
Development Manager, Youth Villages

Youth Villages helps 22,000 emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully each year through intensive counseling and therapy.

“Knowing a child has been successfully reunited with their family, or has found a ‘forever family,’ is what makes every day worth it for me. This is more than a job—I know that the work I do has a positive impact on children and families.”

3: It has lasting results

photo of XiongYamil Little (MBA ’13)
Chief Operating Officer, Bridge DA Gap

Bridge DA Gap is a youth development program that offers an innovative curriculum infused with hip-hop music designed to foster development and application of core values and life skills.

“What affects one person will inevitably affect every person. That’s why I love seeing our youth overcome perceived insurmountable obstacles. At Bridge DA Gap, we reinforce that whenever we are faced with a challenge, we should get excited because nothing worth having comes easy.”

4: It brings people together

photo of XiongAnitra Watson (BSCJ ’12, EMBA student)
Housing and Weatherization Manager, Crater District Area Agency on Aging

Crater District Area Agency on Aging helps Virginia’s seniors to remain in their homes for as long as possible and to maintain their quality of life and independence as they age.

“My nonprofit is small, but we get a lot done through partnerships. I love teaming up with other agencies, and helping people and resources come together to accomplish a bigger goal.”

5: It delivers tangible results

photo of XiongToly Xiong (BSCN ’03)
President and CEO, goCONNECT

goCONNECT provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief to those affected by natural and manmade catastrophes.

“I led a team of 10 people in building an orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar. In three weeks, we built and furnished a two-story house and also installed a water tank, electricity and computer networking. I love being able to step back and look at what we accomplished.”

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