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Whether you're new to the workforce or are thinking about making a career shift, considering the nonprofit world can change your life and the lives of those you have the opportunity to touch. Here are three compelling reasons why working for a nonprofit is important and impactful.

You'll Be Involved in Many Aspects of the Company

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Many nonprofits need lots of help in all areas. When you work for one, your job responsibilities will be varied and ever-changing, even daily. If you are the type of person who likes to be challenged and in-the-know about what is happening in all departments, you will have the chance to put your skills and eagerness to work to task.

Nonprofit People notes, "To be successful in a nonprofit career, it's beneficial to know about how every aspect helps to work towards the mission. That said, you'll love having opportunities to learn about accounting, finance, management, IT, advertising or whatever else may come your way! "

As per The Muse, "Every nonprofit is understaffed. And while that's obviously a disadvantage for the organization, it can actually benefit you. As a newcomer, you won't only learn your role—you'll have opportunities to learn what your boss does, what his or her boss does, and basically, what everyone else in the organization does, too."

By "wearing many hats," you'll have the opportunity to be a leader, a mentor, and a valued member of the team who can be relied upon no matter the situation.

You'll Work Among People Who Truly Care

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There is something special about the people who make the choice to go into the nonprofit sector. Caring and concerned citizens want to make change and help people, just like you do. This type of work atmosphere and shared attitude makes a difference in the business and in the world.

Like Louisiana State University Shreveport says, "Changing lives and making the world a better place is more important than the size of a paycheck. Nonprofit employees typically experience the joy of helping others."

As per Nonprofit People, you'll, "love that your co-workers are passionate, talented and motivated people. Your bottom line is helping others and your community."

When you care deeply about what you do, and the people you work with are just as inspired, the progress you will make will be effective and successful.

Excellent Growth Opportunity

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Not only will you be able to start your career quickly after college or even before/during, but your growth within the company or field will move along at a rapid pace. "One of the best things about working for a nonprofit is how easy it is to get started, no matter your background. It's simple: Volunteer" Rebecca Andruska from The Muse writes.

As you take on more responsibility, you will be able to move up the ranks at a pace not often seen in other fields. According to Top Universities, "For-profit organizations have a more rigidly fixed hierarchy. In most non-profit organizations, you can get easy access to the higher managers and also get to interact with them. This will help you to gain valuable experience and connections."

As The Case Foundation notes as an example, "While three corporate employees may be assigned to one project, one nonprofit employee may find himself assigned to three projects. This can lead to faster career development and more varied job responsibilities for those looking to get ahead quickly."

There's nothing more rewarding than doing something important, and having the chance to make an even bigger impact on your initiatives as you climb the ladder.

Are you ready to get into the nonprofit world? Check out The Balance for 12 of the best nonprofit job boards for people with passion.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.