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Old 02-11-2010, 05:03 AM
 
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Hello!

Can anyone give me any input on the non-profits field in San Diego and/or Los Angeles? I am thinking of moving to one of these cities this spring and this is what I want to do.

Thank you!
WP
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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What do you want to know? Job opportunities? If so, then the nonprofit field is hurting, too.
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:49 AM
 
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What do you want to know? Job opportunities? If so, then the nonprofit field is hurting, too.
Yeap, that is what I keep hearing as well.
Many who trained for such positions were forced into government jobs. Those are scarce around here too.
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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I was checking out this forum because I'm thinking about moving to southern california in a year+ and just wanted to comment that the non-profit sector is REALLY suffering. I was with a foundation for 3 years and they had to restructure because of their finances and eliminated my position. I've been jobless since September even with an amazing resume and am just now waiting to hear back for a new job... and this is from someone with a long philanthropic resume and amazing references in the sector.

When the economy tanked, the grantmakers with all the money lost a TON because they depend on the interest from their bank accounts since they aren't allowed income... but they also have to give a minimum percentage every year away. Normally, they give above and beyond the minimum to the nonprofits, but because they've lost so much more they're cutting back on excess giving and along with that the nonprofits can't afford employees etc.

If you have no experience in the field you should look somewhere else for the time being. Even if you get a job you'll be making very little money and the bottom of the food chain, which can be the first jobs to go.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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I was checking out this forum because I'm thinking about moving to southern california in a year+ and just wanted to comment that the non-profit sector is REALLY suffering. I was with a foundation for 3 years and they had to restructure because of their finances and eliminated my position. I've been jobless since September even with an amazing resume and am just now waiting to hear back for a new job... and this is from someone with a long philanthropic resume and amazing references in the sector.

When the economy tanked, the grantmakers with all the money lost a TON because they depend on the interest from their bank accounts since they aren't allowed income... but they also have to give a minimum percentage every year away. Normally, they give above and beyond the minimum to the nonprofits, but because they've lost so much more they're cutting back on excess giving and along with that the nonprofits can't afford employees etc.

If you have no experience in the field you should look somewhere else for the time being. Even if you get a job you'll be making very little money and the bottom of the food chain, which can be the first jobs to go.
That is good advice, thank you, Minet.
The Madoff scandal affected a number of non-profits as well, I heard.
It will take a while for things to run as perkily as they did before.
Good luck with your job prospect!

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