Top nonprofit bloggers Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris have co-authored the first book of its kind to offer career advice beyond just getting your foot in the door of a nonprofit organization.

Do you feel stuck in your nonprofit career? Unsure how to take that next step? How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is an accessible, do-it-yourself map of how to navigate the nonprofit sector and gives you the tools that you need to move from entry level to leadership. This book is designed for professionals who want to build meaningful and rewarding nonprofit careers. How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is based on the authors’ experiences as well as interviews with nonprofit rockstars who have supercharged their careers. You’ll learn how to develop meaningful nonprofit experience, build a strong network, establish a strong personal brand, achieve the elusive work/life balance, and move on up in your career.

Book Chapters

Chapter 1: What a Nonprofit Career Looks Like

There is No Linear Career Path

Rosetta’s Journey

Trista’s Journey

How Do You Get from Here to There?

Chapter 2: Develop Expertise

Tip 1: Find a Great Nonprofit Job

Tip 2: Size Matters

Tip 3: Make the Most of Your Volunteer Experience

Tip 4: Learn How to Raise Money

Tip 5: Always Learn, Always Teach

Tip 6: Work Abroad

Chapter 3: Build a Strong Network

Tip 7: Prioritize Networking

Tip 8: Attend Nonprofit Conferences

Tip 9: Get Your Own Business Cards

Tip 10: Join Professional Associations

Tip 11: Go Talk to People

Tip 12: Build Your Own Frankenmentor

Tip 13: Start Your Own Network

Chapter 4: Establish a Great Personal Brand

Tip 14: Google Yourself

Tip 15: Stop Trying to be Two Different People

Tip 16: Write a Kick Butt Bio

Tip 17: Professionalize Your Online Presence

Tip 18: Start a Blog

Tip 19: Look Like a Leader

Chapter 5: Practice Authentic Leadership

Tip 20: Do Your Job and Do It Well

Tip 21: Join a Nonprofit Board of Directors

Tip 22: Lead a Committee

Tip 23: Cultivate a Slash Career

Tip 24: Polish Your Public Speaking Skills

Tip 25: Ask for Feedback

Tip 26: Do a Stretch Assignment

Tip 27: Speak Up!

Tip 28: Mentor Someone Else

Chapter 6: Plan for Balance

Tip 29: Develop a Personal Mission Statement

Tip 30: Schedule Time to Reflect

Tip 31: Don’t Skip Lunch

Tip 32: Fall Back in Love with Your Job

Tip 33: Ditch the Martyr Lifestyle

Tip 34: Clear Off Your Plate

Tip 35: Mind Your Money

Tip 36: When Work and Home Collide

Chapter 7: Move On Up

Tip 37: Create Your Own Professional Development Plan

Tip 38: Set Big Goals

Tip 39: Get a Master’s Degree

Tip 40: Manage Up

Tip 41: Get Paid What You Are Worth

Tip 42: Consider the Benefits

Tip 43: Get Promoted

Tip 44: Introduce Yourself to a Search Firm

Tip 45: Use Your Network to Find a New Job

Tip 46: Get an Executive Coach

Tip 47: Know When to Take the Leap

Tip 48: Resign Gracefully

Tip 49: Be a Good Manager

Tip 50: Run with the Big Dogs