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More College Grads Are Taking Nonprofit Jobs. But Is It Just a Fad?

Desperate grads are turning to nonprofit and public sector jobs—and finding they like them. But will they stay?


It's no secret that thanks to the ongoing economic downturn, corporate recruiters aren't hitting the college job fairs like they used to. But, according to a piece in The New York Times, there's a silver lining: Record numbers of recent college graduates are turning to jobs they might not have otherwise considered—nonprofit and public sector work—and they're finding they actually enjoy it.

How significant is the trend? Private sector jobs have decreased by 7 percent, but the government has beefed up its staff rosters by 3 percent. And, when it comes to other nonprofit or public sector work,

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List: The Highest Paid Charity CEOs. How Much is Too Much?

The top paid charity CEO earned over $2 million. Is that excessive? But how can large organizations recruit top talent without competitive pay?


How much should the head of a nonprofit earn? A few hundred thousand? How about $2,659,540? That's the top of the list of the 15 highest paid charity CEOs compiled by the watchdog Charity Navigator.

Before you get too upset, that seven-figure pay out is likely an aberration. That's Zarin Mehta's salary as head of the New York Philharmonic, much of it in deferred compensation from past years. His normal salary is just about $1 million.

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