If you’re looking for a meaningful career or volunteer opportunity with a successful nonprofit, you might want to take a look at openings with the 10 organizations on this list. Whether they’re pulling in the most revenue or recognized as excellent places to work, these nonprofits are large enough to offer opportunities for just about any position in the nonprofit workforce.

Here’s a quick overview of the top picks from a leading publication for nonprofit management, The NonProfit Times (NPT).


Top 5 Largest Nonprofits in 2014

Every year, NPT conducts an in-depth study of the largest nonprofits in America. Using Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data from the previous fiscal year, NPT publishes a list of the top 100 U.S. nonprofits by revenue. Here’s a brief overview of the top 5 organizations in 2014.


1. The Y (YMCA of the USA)

The Y strives to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities by engaging members in 3 areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

  • Number of Employees: 19,000 fulltime staff in 2,700 locations
  • Total Revenue: $6.6 billion
  • Career Opportunities: ymca.net

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2. Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill is committed to enhancing quality of life for individuals and families by helping them reach their full potential through education, skills training, job placement, and career support. Their programs help people of all backgrounds find work, including youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

  • Number of Employees: 105,000
  • Total Revenue: $5.2 billion
  • Career Opportunities: goodwill.org


3. Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities helps individuals and families meet their most basic needs (food, housing, health), provides disaster relief, and advocates for social change in order to reduce poverty and eliminate oppression. Their mission is strongly rooted in the Catholic faith, but their outreach is not limited by religious affiliation.


4. United Way

United Way Worldwide works with thousands of local chapters and a network of charitable organizations. Together, they pool funds in an effort to improve education, provide financial stability, and promote health in communities across the U.S. and the world.

  • Number of Employees: N/A; locations in more than 1,800 communities across the U.S.
  • Total Revenue: $4.3 billion
  • Career Opportunities: unitedway.org


5. The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical arm of the Universal Christian Church, is committed to helping Americans meet the basic needs of life—food, shelter, and warmth. Their outreach includes addiction rehabilitation, veteran support, hunger relief, homeless services, and more.

  • Number of Employees: 100,000+
  • Total Revenue: $3.8 billion
  • Career Opportunities: salvationarmyusa.org


See the full 2014 NPT Top 100 list.



Top 5 Nonprofits to Work For 2014

To make NPT’s annual Best Nonprofits to Work For list, organizations had to go through a comprehensive assessment conducted by an independent research company. Part of the evaluation included an employer survey, but the majority of it was based on feedback from employees themselves.

Results were reported for small, medium, and large nonprofits. Here are the top 5 large nonprofits (organizations with 250 or more employees).


1. Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to empowering injured veterans and their families by raising public awareness about the needs of injured service members and providing direct programs and services.


2. Alzheimer’s Association

The world’s leading voluntary health organization focused on Alzheimer’s disease, this association seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s through research, provide and enhance support for those affected, and promote brain health for all.

  • Number of Employees: 475
  • Total Revenue: $269 million
  • Career Opportunities: alz.org


3. American Heart Association

The nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association provides public health education, science-based treatment guidelines, and other services to promote cardiovascular health.

  • Number of Employees: 2,857
  • Total Revenue: $633 million
  • Career Opportunities: heart.org


4. Year Up

Year Up works with urban young adults to help them close the opportunity divide (barriers to their true potential) in the form of education, experiences, and guidance. Targeted programs and support give disadvantaged youth the marketable job skills, professional connections, and training needed to put them on a path toward a successful career.

  • Number of Employees: 353
  • Total Revenue: $70 million
  • Career Opportunities: yearup.org


5. Public Health Institute (PHI)

PHI promotes health, well-being, and quality of life through research, leadership, and partnerships. Through its diverse programs and projects, PHI addresses emerging public health issues and solutions, and tackles society’s most significant public health challenges.

  • Number of Employees: 646
  • Total Revenue: $104 million
  • Career Opportunities: phi.org


See the full 2014 NPT Best Nonprofits to Work For list, including rankings for small and medium nonprofits.



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