Summary of Compassionate Careers

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Jeffrey W. Pryor and Alexandra Mitchell – job-placement professionals in the nonprofit world – discuss how to find a “compassionate career” working for a nonprofit or a “cause-driven” company. The US has an estimated 1.6 million tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that employ 13.7 million people. This equals roughly 10% of the nation’s workforce. Despite these statistics, most people don’t know they can earn a living while supporting causes that touch their hearts. This inspiring introduction to nonprofit careers profiles ordinary citizens as well as celebrities who found their calling in compassionate careers. It includes exercises to help you get started and offers sound practical advice. getAbstract recommends this manual to those seeking careers in the nonprofit sector and to cause-focused entrepreneurs.

About the Authors

Pathfinder Solutions CEO Jeffrey W. Pryor and president Alexandra Mitchell offer a free nonprofit career assessment at



“Cause-Driven” Work

Erick Ochoa, Robert Egger and Ashara Ekundayo do cause-driven work. They each identified a need or a problem in their community and set about finding a solution. Ochoa was working in his father’s carpenter’s shop in Todos Santos, a town on the tip of Baja California, Mexico, when a local artist and his wife discovered the young man’s talent. They taught him to speak English, paint and work with clay. Ochoa gives back as president of the Palapa Society, a Mexican nonprofit that helps children in Todos Santos. More than 100 kids gain access to language and art programs and about half of them receive high school and college scholarships. The program includes a medical program, library, environmental program, adult English classes, and more.

Egger stopped running a nightclub in Washington, DC, and started teaching homeless people the tools of the restaurant industry so they could find jobs. When he noticed clubs and restaurants discarding food, he started D.C. Kitchen, which trained hundreds of homeless people how to cut, prepare and cook food. Egger also opened L.A. Kitchen to fulfill the same mission.

Ekundayo, a serial social entrepreneur, ...

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