Students can equip nonprofits with a strong following by making contributions as part of their major. The unique mission is to augment students’ multidisciplinary programs while presenting an understanding of the role of nonprofits in today’s society. The experiences outfit students for volunteer opportunities and professional careers in nonprofit organizations across a broad array of industries and interests.
Helping the Movement
Students can reap the benefits of personal and professional development through giving back. With practical experience, they can gain a competitive edge in the job market by developing skills sought after in a variety of areas, including:
- Community service, by showing concern for the greater good and enhancing the nonprofit impact on communities
- Leadership, by stepping outside of comfort zones and taking on challenging positions to lead projects
- Networking, as a way to connect with talented peers and meet professionals at leading consulting firms
- Personal development, enabling effective skills building techniques through problem solving, team work, and client management
With the right tools, students can build their resumes by collaborating with the brightest minds to develop a network of eager volunteers to help nonprofits across the United States.
Reaching Goals for Everyone
The ultimate goals for students who contribute to nonprofits is to provide the organizations with invaluable strategic consulting assistance. This will enable them to identify opportunities to improve their success in the community. The value for the students is derived from their academic and practical experiences as they work on teams that provide sound analysis and generate creative insight to tailor solutions to the specific needs of the nonprofit organization. Students can provide various capabilities, such as:
- Fundraising and capital allocation
- Human resource management
- Operational management
- Financing and accounting
- Organizational strategy
When nonprofits partner with a dedicated team of talented students, they take one step closer toward achieving their mission.
Establishing Mutually Beneficial Partnerships
The number of ways that nonprofit organizations can get a following from students is continually evolving. Historically, students provide inexpensive or free labor in the form of internships in exchange for marketable, professional experiences. However, a newer type of partnership that has been developing across the country between students and nonprofit organizations is Service Learning, which prioritizes community needs of a nonprofit organization.
Nonprofits obtaining a following from student contributions is a strategy that combines significant reflection with community service to teach civic responsibility, enrich the learning experience, and strengthen communities. In that way, students and nonprofits achieve mutually beneficial goals because the focus moves from completing a certain number of volunteer hours to meeting a designated need of a community partner.