“This business runs better on heart than dollars.” A simple secret that started it all.

When President & Founder, Nurys Harrigan-Pedersen punched her final time card as a corporate recruiter to launch Careers In Nonprofits, her goal was to fill more than jobs.

This new kind of staffing agency–would fill hearts.


Careers In Nonprofits was born on September 14th, 2006 in downtown Chicago.

On September 14th, 2006, a declaration of staffing independence was drawn in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Careers In Nonprofits for the first time, opened its doors to the nonprofit sector.

A nonprofit recruiting revolution had officially begun.


Our climb to nonprofit service was greeted by a mountain of challenges.

But, as our story at Careers In Nonprofits began, a new chapter was underway in the workplace.

The days of careers being driven solely by compensation was disappearing. People wanted more, and so did the communities in which they lived.

By the early 2000s, in cities like Chicago, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, nonprofit organizations were growing in number. And fast. Cities and their communities were longing for change. They needed help.


People wanted to give back, but lacked the means to make it happen.

People across the country were eager to answer the call.

But, there was a challenge.

Few resources existed in connecting these people to organizations that wanted to make a difference.

By now, the need to connect nonprofit organizations with cause-driven professionals had never been greater.

We were determined to be the helping hand.


Assistance came with the opening of our first Careers In Nonprofits office.

Long last, our help began when we found a little downtown Chicago office to call home.

With a small but mighty team of two employees, we started by staffing local nonprofits with temporary help.

One by one, candidates found cause-driven roles, and clients were thankful to have a connector.

Our mission to be the sector’s helping hand had gained steam.


One foot forward felt like two steps back as the “Great Recession” struck in 2008.

But, then an obstacle.

The “Great Recession” hit in 2008, and hiring across the nonprofit sector stalled.

That same year, we opened our second new branch in Washington D.C.

Just like that, nonprofits and candidates experienced a new wave of uncertainty.


With great struggle, came an even greater message.

But, while a shortage of jobs remained, a new surplus of hope prevailed.

Organizations worked hard to stay open.

And job-seekers looked to Careers In Nonprofits to do the same.


First we serve, second we lead.

Resilience paved the way.

Workshops were created, and classes were taught by recruiters to help candidates navigate the most challenging job market in years.

This was about more than a bottom-line.

Through one challenge after another, people from the cities of Washington D.C., and Chicago found Careers In Nonprofits standing tall, proud, and ready to help.

Heart-driven staffing was here to stay.


Dream Builders noun : recruiters inspired by a strong desire and even greater purpose.

So, the dream moved forward.

And the ability to support people in their quest for love in the workplace, became center stage.


A movement encouraging individuals to say yes–only–to jobs they love.

Then, a movement was born.

In the summer of 2012, Nurys Harrigan-Pedersen launched the #ILoveMyJob campaign.

The goal was to create career awareness.

But, what happened next was so much more.


This was about more than staffing – people wanted to come together.

#ILoveMyJob grew into a community across the nonprofit sector.

A space where nonprofit professionals would share their stories.

Because whether an executive director or an entry-level professional–everyone had a story to tell.

Stories that would inspire and empower people to make a difference.

Today, #ILoveMyJob has transformed into a motivational network to do just that.


From workshops to masterclasses, to happy hours. Our nonprofit family grew.

Careers In Nonprofits is one of the few American Staffing Agencies that has distinguished itself as a network for nonprofit learning and advancement.

Whether it’s career building workshops, nonprofit trainings, or sector happy hours–the Careers In Nonprofits network has created a platform for nonprofit professionals of all levels.

Today, individuals can choose to grow through the Career Incubator and its GROWTHtrack workshops. Or find their inner career compass through Career Mapping workshops.

Connecting nonprofit organizations and those determined to make an impact–had taken its largest leap forward.


Careers In Nonprofits goes where its never gone before.

One small step for Careers In Nonprofits, one large leap for the nonprofit sector.

Yet, with greater impact, came greater responsibility.

So, “GO WEST”, they said.


We touched down in San Francisco, California on May 2nd, 2017.

In spring 2017, Careers In Nonprofits joined forces with the nonprofit sector of California, opening a west coast office in the city of San Francisco.

Starting out with the staffing of local Bay organizations–our mission has grown to serve Oakland, Los Angeles, and even Seattle, Washington.


Join us, as our heart-driven mission moves forward like never before.

But now, our journey to drive nonprofits forward continues here in 2019.

Because new challenges are bringing new opportunity; and the ability to make a difference has never been greater.

It’s staffing at its surface, and heart-driven at its core.

Welcome to the Careers In Nonprofits mission.

2018, 2019, and beyond…