Building the Next Generation of Non-Profit Leaders

The Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations is eager to answer those questions by inspiring youth and young adults to pursue careers in the non-profit sector. A first step in achieving this important objective is the launch of the Career Explorations website.

“The site will be an important way to engage youth, new graduates, and young professionals,” says Meaghan Morrish, the MFNPO Project Manager leading the development of the site. “We want them to see that they can orient their careers in a way that will make a difference in the community, while challenging themselves to grow professionally in a thriving sector.”

At MFNPO’s November 25 annual general meeting, attendees got a sneak peek at the website. The site will be formally launched by spring 2017 with a special in-person event and strategic social media announcements.

“We realize as a sector council that we need to promote the many merits of working in the sector,” says MFNPO Co-Chair Martin Itzkow. “Our sector is continually changing and there are always new and creative ways for people to build meaningful careers. Career Explorations will be the leading source of current information for youth and young adults in Manitoba.”

Morrish, who has been working on the site for about a year, says the site will expose users to the vast array of career opportunities in the field. To develop the content, she has relied on MFNPO’s rich bank of labour market research, meetings with non-profit organization leaders, and interviews with people who work in the sector. She then started to develop stories about people who work in the sector and descriptions of the work they do.

“We are trying to publish stories that will truly resonate and inspire,” says Morrish, who has worked as a professional and volunteer in the non-profit sector. “We will be highlighting interesting programs and organizations and making it clear that a career in the non-profit sector can be rewarding, fulfilling, and exciting.”

For MFNPO, the Career Explorations project has the potential to strengthen the sector as a whole. “By sharing information about careers in the sector and by emphasizing the many opportunities that exist for young people, we will ultimately support our sector’s recruitment and retention efforts,” says Itzkow.

For Morrish, it will be important to measure success. “We will measure web traffic, of course,” she says. “But our most important indicators of success will be seeing more youth showing interest in careers in the sector and more organizations finding the people they need to serve their clients. In other words, Career Explorations will be successful if it can contribute to building a more resilient sector in Manitoba.”

The Career Explorations project is funded by Manitoba Education and Training (Industry Services; Workforce Development and Income Support; and Jobs and the Economy).