Summary of Compassionate Careers

Making a Living by Making a Difference

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Compassionate Careers book summary
You can make a difference in the world and still get paid.


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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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What constitutes a “compassionate career,”
  • How to find jobs with “cause-driven” nonprofits
  • What special considerations apply to working abroad


“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...
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About the Authors

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

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