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On the market: 50 social impact jobs to get you going

October 21, 2021 Category: ColumnFeaturedLongPurpose

Organizations with multiple job openings:

Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum, founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Featuring nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in a beckoning landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and nature to surprise, inspire, and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers rotating special exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs, and dynamic family events. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture is easily accessible from both the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and is now open year-round.

Maternity Care Coalition

Maternity Care Coalition (MCC), a dynamic nonprofit, works to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families, and enhance school readiness for children 0-3. Our intended impact is for parents in Southeastern PA communities impacted by structural inequities, particularly racism, can birth with dignity, parent with autonomy and raise babies who are healthy, growing, and thriving.

Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc.

The Philadelphia Youth Network is an impactful nonprofit changing the lives of young people between the ages of 12-24 by creating education and employment opportunities. The Philadelphia Youth Network creates collective impact by leveraging partnerships, resources and talent to alleviate poverty and promote equity for youth. PYN values talent and seeks to provide an equitable and fair working environment, maintaining policies that promote flexibility, encourages creativity and honors diversity and authenticity. PYN is a dynamic, fast paced organization, pursuing transformational outcomes for young people.

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Rock to the Future

Rock to the Future provides student-driven music programs in a safe and supportive environment at no cost for Philadelphia youth. We prepare the next generation for every stage.

Starfinder Foundation

Starfinder is an award winning, internationally recognized nonprofit organization that promotes positive youth development for elementary, middle, and high school youth, through high-quality youth sports programming. We use soccer as a framework to provide the opportunity and support youth need to be healthy contributors to their communities. We offer young people an experience through which they can excel in athletics, while practicing life and leadership skills in a safe, fun, supportive, and challenging environment.

The Village of Arts and Humanities

The Village values art as its most powerful and effective tool for catalyzing healthy and sustainable societal change. Art, in this context, is creativity in thinking, in methodology, and in implementation.

Our 30-year legacy is anchored in artist-facilitated community building beginning with the work of Arthur Hall and the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center (predecessor to The Village) and Village Founder, Lily Yeh.

Today, The Village remains a community-rooted, anchor institution, and our seven core programs work at the intersection of art, education and social justice.


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Association for Public Art

The Association for Public Art (aPA), founded in 1872 as the nation’s first private, nonprofit public art organization. The aPA’s award-winning and innovative programs carry out our mission to commission and acquire, preserve and protect, interpret and promote public art in Philadelphia. The aPA is dedicated to creating a Museum Without Walls that informs, engages, and inspires diverse audiences, while advancing opportunities for artists to contribute to the city’s places and spaces. The aPA is committed to building a more diverse and representative public art collection in Philadelphia, and advancing equity, diversity and inclusiveness in our work.

Bicycle Transit Systems

Bicycle Transit Systems has paved the way for bike share in the United States, as our leaders have launched bike share systems in almost every major American city. We currently have over 100 employees, operating three major systems: Los Angeles’ Metro Bike Share, Philadelphia’s Indego and Las Vegas’ RTC Bike Share. 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, our dedicated staff maintain bicycles to be safe and smooth, service customers and get more people riding bikes. Our hallmarks are innovation, equity and operational excellence. Bike Transit launched the first member-incentivized rebalancing program, the first cash payment system, the first and deepest transit integration. Our Philadelphia system has developed industry leading equity efforts.

City Year Philadelphia

City Year partners with schools to create learning environments where all students can build on their strengths, persevere through challenges and thrive. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serve in schools full time as student success coaches. They help students cultivate social, emotional and academic skills, whether that’s mastering fractions or learning to work in teams—skills that are important in school and in life. Through their work in schools and communities, City Year AmeriCorps members make a difference in the lives of students they serve while also acquiring valuable skills that prepare them to become the next generation of civically engaged leaders.

Drexel University

Drexel is one of Philadelphia’s top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America’s 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of PA

Episcopal Community Services works to empower individuals and families, so that they can determine and follow their own paths. We focus on offering support through coaching within programs designed to provide opportunities for education, wellness, advocacy and community engagement. Our work with individuals and families puts us in an optimal position to positively impact our participants. Our mission is to challenge and reduce inter-generational poverty. We increase the ability of people to improve their lives and achieve economic independence. We call upon every person to participate in sustainable, positive change for our communities.

Food Moxie

From seed to supper, Food Moxie educates and inspires people to grow, prepare, and eat healthy food. Food Moxie envisions a world where all people have access to the skills and resources to grow, cook, and enjoy healthy food. We build healthy communities by connecting people to the earth and their food, as well as to themselves and one another. We partner with schools and community organizations to activate educational growing spaces that offer experiential learning in gardening, farming, nutrition, and culinary arts. We encourage our partners to engage with our growing spaces in ways that meet their individualized needs. We also provide the tools and resources necessary to inspire our communities to grow and cook at home.

The Foundation for Delaware County

We are a community foundation, one of 780 across the country. We partner with others to lead initiatives and programs that address the issues and challenges faced by Delaware County and its people. Through smart philanthropy and informed decision-making, we invest with confidence in truly effective nonprofit organizations that align with our mission of improving the well-being of the county’s diverse residents. Our vast knowledge of the county allows us to offer top rate philanthropic services that help donors – individuals, families and businesses – support the causes important to them, including everything from health to affordable housing to food security to providing funds for the arts and improving the environment.

Gift of Life Donor Program

Gift of Life Donor Program, the non-profit agency serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware, is responsible for recovering organs and tissues used in life-saving and life-enhancing transplants.

Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

The Coalition Against Hunger has been an anti-hunger leader in the Philadelphia region for over two decades, building a regional movement to end hunger. The Coalition utilizes a holistic approach in our work to alleviate hunger in the region by providing immediate relief through our support of food pantries and soup kitchens; short-term relief helping thousands of people annually navigate the SNAP application process; and long-term systemic change through our extensive and impactful advocacy and education efforts.

Horizons Greater Philadelphia

Horizons is an award-winning, tuition-free academic and enrichment program serving students from under-resourced communities. We advance educational equity by building long-term partnerships with students, families, communities, and schools to create experiences outside of school that inspire the joy of learning. Philadelphia area sites include Horizons at Episcopal Academy, Horizons at Greene Street Friends School, Horizons at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, and Horizons at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Horizons Greater Philadelphia is an affiliate of Horizons National which has over 65 programs in 19 states.

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities. Over 100,000 students attend one of the 242 KIPP schools that operate in 31 regions across the United States. KIPP Philadelphia Schools Public Schools (KPPS) is a part of the national KIPP network and currently leads six schools serving approximately 2,400 students in North and West Philadelphia. By 2030, KPPS will lead ten schools serving approximately 4,000 students.

Lupus Foundation of America Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter

The Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter is part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.

Message Agency

Message Agency delivers digital impact for the greater good. We are an established and growing web development company with a social mission. We build sites in Drupal and WordPress—open source content management systems (CMS)—and work with both regional and national nonprofits, universities, foundations, and government agencies. As a certified B Corporation that’s been awarded “Best for the World” status three times in recent years, we are a triple bottom line business.

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is a nonprofit, public interest legal organization dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit and preventing innocent people from being convicted in the future. That mission is coupled with training law students and practicing lawyers to recognize and litigate valid innocence claims and providing reentry services to innocent people who have been exonerated to assist them in their transition home and back into society.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The purpose of the Philadelphia research and policy initiative (PRPI) is to enable policymakers to identify and enact policies and practices that improve city government and the well-being of the city’s residents by conducting rigorous research regarding important challenges and trends facing Philadelphia. Central to this policy work is the production of timely, well-documented reports on these issues for the benefit of policymakers, the news media and the public at large.

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations

The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) is the leading voice of equitable neighborhood revitalization in Philadelphia. As a membership association, PACDC fosters strong community development corporations and nonprofit community organizations by enhancing their skills and advocating for resources and policies to create a just and inclusive Philadelphia. We have either led, or been directly involved in, advocacy that won more than $640 million in new local dollars for affordable housing and community economic development over the last six years, and our Community Development Leadership Institute has trained over 3,000 people since it’s founding in 2013. Together, PACDC and our members help create an equitable city where every Philadelphian lives, works, and thrives in a neighborhood that offers an excellent quality of life.

Philadelphia Bail Fund

Founded in 2017, the Philadelphia Bail Fund (“PBF”) combats mass incarceration by working to end cash bail and pretrial punishment in Philadelphia. Until that day, we seek to prevent the harms of wealth-based detention by paying bail for our neighbors in need at the earliest possible moment after arrest. Every year, thousands of Philadelphians, overwhelmingly poor and Black, have a price set on their freedom. Our work stems from the belief that this practice is unjust, unnecessary, and inhumane. We are committed to creating a society where our work as an organization is no longer needed — a society that values people’s freedom and invests in equitable and transformative justice systems in which everyone feels safe and all communities have the resources they need to thrive.

Prisoner Visitation and Support

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS), headquartered in Philadelphia, is a volunteer visitation program for federal and military prisoners throughout the United States. Our purpose is to provide people incarcerated with regular, face-to-face, contact from the world outside of prison to help them cope with prison life and prepare for a successful re-entry into society. Since 1968, with a small staff but a large cadre of committed volunteers, we have been independently and without agenda working to provide “a listening ear” to people who are incarcerated.

Regional Housing Legal Services

Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) is a nonprofit law firm that works with nonprofit housing developers to create decent, safe, affordable, and sustainable housing for lower-income people living in Pennsylvania. Our mission is to work to create housing and economic opportunity in underserved communities in Pennsylvania and to effect systematic change for the benefit of lower-income households statewide. RHLS drives successful housing creation because of its unique expertise in affordable, sustainable housing, community and economic development, utility matters and preservation of home ownership.

Schultz & Williams

Schultz & Williams is an established consulting firm that provides comprehensive services – including development, direct response, temporary staffing, strategic planning and marketing – to nonprofits of all types and sizes. Since 1987, the success and integrity of our work and our team of seasoned experts have been driven by one simple philosophy: development, planning, management and marketing strategies must be fully integrated in order for organizations to achieve financial stability, operational excellence and, ultimately, their mission-related goals. Schultz & Williams is a national firm headquartered in Philadelphia.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) has a mission to end poverty and expand opportunities to all people. We are looking for a Lead of Early Learning to support United Way’s mission by managing partnerships with organizations and institutions that advance child development, school readiness, K-3 literacy, tutoring and parent/caregiver programs for families with children, from infancy through age 8.


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