THE SO­CIAL EN­TER­PRISE WAR­RIOR

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Earn -

Iden­ti­fi­able by their Fjall­raven Kånken back­pack and per­pet­u­ally windswept ap­pear­ance (from cy­cling ev­ery­where), the mod­ern breed of char­ity worker is all about find­ing new ways to make a dif­fer­ence. They live in an in­dus­trial ware­house, are on the wait­ing list for an al­lot­ment, and re­gard heavy­weights like Ox­fam as the McDon­ald’s of char­i­ties com­pared to their own ‘bou­tique’ cause. At the week­ends you’ll find them teach­ing pup­petry to kids from in­ner-city es­tates.

MOST LIKELY TO SAY “Is it my round? Hang on, I’ll set up a JustGiv­ing page.”

WANT TO JOIN THEM? Here’s an idea – if you’re ap­ply­ing for a job with a char­ity, show some en­gage­ment with them be­fore­hand, even if it’s just fol­low­ing their ac­counts, or do­nat­ing some­thing each month. Also, start small: the big-name char­i­ties are in­un­dated with hope­fuls – one Amnesty In­ter­na­tional job re­port­edly re­ceived around 2,000 ap­pli­cants. Look for more niche char­i­ties, or very new ones. Find them at Char­i­ty­times.com or Fundrais­ing.co.uk.

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