Career: Nonprofits & Public Sector

This guide includes books, databases, journals and websites which can help a career search in Nonprofits and the Public Sector.

Top Sources

Note: Provides information on the missions, finances, programs, and management of more than 1.7 million nonprofit organizations, including foundations, public charities, and others.
Vault Online Career Library

Available to Questrom School of Business majors, minors and alums only.   See ‘Industries & Professions’ tab for information on a broad range of industries. See ‘Guides’ tab for premium Industry & Company Guides:
– Vault Guide to Government Agency Careers
– Vault Guide to Nonprofit Careers
– Vault Guide to Nonprofit Jobs
– Career Launcher: Nonprofit Organizations

Note: This database is an indexing service to articles from newspapers, trade journals, wire services and transcripts.


American Association of Grant Professionals

Association of Fundraising Profesionals

Social Enterprise Alliance

Note: Library database includes listings of numerous associations listed by geography, keyword, and type.


The following books may be found in Pardee Library Reference.
They do not circulate:

Nonprofit leadership and management X HD62.6 J67 2010
Financial and Accounting Guide for Not-for-Profit Organizations X HF5686 .N56 G76
Not-for-Profit Accounting, Tax, and Reporting Requirements X HG4027.65 M363

The following circulating books may be found in Pardee Library stacks.

Financial and Strategic Management for Nonprofit organizations X HD62.6 .B78
Nonprofit Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run Your Nonprofit OrganizationX HD62.6 .G762
New Nonprofit Almanac and Desk Reference X HD2769.2 .U6 N47
Transitioning to the nonprofit sector HD2769.2 U6 O88 2007
Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations: Policies and Practices X HG4027.65 .Z54
Complete idiot’s guide to getting government jobs JK716 C598 2010
How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation X KF1388 .Z9 W37

More Circulating Books can be found in the Library Online Catalog:

Word Search – To find books in the Pardee Library, type relevant word(s) and use “Location” drop down menu. Books may be sorted by date, using “Search and Sort” menu.

Subject Search – The catalog can be searched using the following subject headings:

Bank Loans
Business Plans
Fund Raising
Non-governmental Organizations
Public Administration

Company Directories

Note: GuideStar, the leading source of information on U.S. nonprofits.

Note: ]Use subject/word search to find contact information on a variety of nonprofit associations – U.S. and International.

News & Trade Journals

To find news articles you may search the following databases:


Note: ABI/INFORM GLOBAL indexes, abstracts, and provides full text of articles in business magazines, journals, and the Wall Street Journal. ABI/Inform covers more than 1,600 leading business and management publications and scholarly journals with full text for 700 of these titles. ABI/Inform Global also includes ABI/Inform Trade and Industry which covers more than 750 trade publications and ABI/Inform Dateline which provides coverage of more than 140 local, city, state, and regional business publications as well as business-oriented newswire services from the U.S. and Canada.

Business Source Complete

Note: BUSINESS SOURCE COMPLETE contains indexes, abstracts and full text of business publications, scholarly publications and peer-reviewed journals.

Note: This database is an indexing service to articles from newspapers, trade journals, wire services and transcripts.


Guidestar Nonprofit Compensation Report

Large-scale nonprofit compensation report and analysis based on IRS data. To access this report, see librarians at Pardee Library in the Questrom School of Business.


Bridgestar – Bridgestar provides research and access to non-profit job postings (registration is currently free through their pilot program).

The Hauser Center – Harvard website links to non-profit areas of interest.

Hire Culture – Hire Culture is a job site for culturaly based opportunities.

Sustainable Business - – This site contains positions at environmentally friendly businesses.

On Philanthropy - – This site is especially for non-profit professionals.

ExecSearches- – Mid-level and executive positions in the non-profit world are located on this site.

NonProfit Times – Has a salary survey as well.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Wages and salaries are given for various kinds of jobs and includes regional economic outlooks.