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The Careers In Social Impact Guide

Keep reading for lighthouse-approved Social Impact resources, newsletters, podcasts, and more.

Curated by lighthouse member and philanthropy professional, Julie. Thank you, Julie! See her answers below!

In-Person Resources

Be Social Change is the largest social impact community in New York City empowering people from all sectors and industries to build purpose-driven careers, business and lives. If you're local, check out their upcoming meet-up.

Become of member of Social Impact Exchange, a national, cross-sector membership association dedicated to generating large-scale social impact. Keep an eye out for when they announce their 2020 Exchange Conference, and attend and other members. 

Consider joining a junior board or young professionals network at a nonprofit you want to support.

Online Resources

Check out these must-read newsletters: Skoll, Marshall Institute at LSE, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Follow these Industry Leaders: Gates Foundation, Jeff Skoll, Jacqueline Novogratz, Co-ImpactBlue Meridian Partners, Center for Effective Philanthropy at UPenn, Acumen (nonprofit), Unilever (sustainability)

Learn business design for Social Impact through this certificate program at The New School. Learn the process from concept to venture, from prototyping to validating, creating a tested proof of concept, and pitching socially relevant ventures to investors.

Coursera's Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators will introduce you to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship, including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a change-maker.

Learn how to become a leader who cultivates purpose and inspires change, measure societal impact through evidence-based models, and invest in ventures effectively and meaningfully over the course of 4 weeks when you enroll in Wharton's Business Strategies for Social Impact.

Helpful Podcasts

Check out this list from Medium for 15 Podcasts for Social Entrepreneurs.

+Acumen, the world's school for social change features their 10 Must-Listen Podcasts for Every Social Change-Maker.

If you're looking for inspiration on impacting the world, give these podcasts a listen. 

Join Alberto Lidji on The Do One Better Podcast!


Read a book or two from this Forbes list of the Best Books for Social Entrepreneurs. Dive into a few books from Cause Artist's 20 Social Entrepreneur Books That Will Inspire You To Impact The World.

Check-out The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz

Video Prep

Watch these TED Talks on Social Good, and learn what can happen when corporations make saving the environment and helping people a priority, plus talks on how business principles might even be more effective for creating change than non-profit models.

Social Impact Opportunities

New Yorkers: Built In NYC is your go-to source for social impact jobs. 

Join the Facebook Social Innovation Jobs group or Google Jobs Group for Social Impact to stay up to date on openings near you.

Interested in Impact Investing? Check out GIIN.

Join the club

Apply to join thelighthouse membership to tap into a network of industry professionals who are here to help you start (or continue) your social impact journey.