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What organizations can post on Idealist?

Nonprofits, government agencies, recruitment firms, consultants/vendors to nonprofits, and social enterprises
are welcome to post on Idealist!



Also known as non governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofit organizations exist for public benefit and their revenue is used to further their mission, rather than distributing it as profits or dividends. To be included in Idealist's nonprofit database, nonprofits must be fully operational.

Organizations based in the US must be legally registered as nonprofits or have some other kind of documentation (such as a website or brochure) that clearly states their mission and describes their nonprofit activities.

Organizations based outside the US must be able to provide documentation that proves their nonprofit status in their country.


Government Agencies

Government agencies are organizations that are administered by local, city, state, or federal government. For example, a city’s department of parks and recreation or a public school district.


Consultants/ Vendors to Nonprofits

This category refers to companies that provide services or sell goods to nonprofit organizations such as communications, fundraising, certain types of software, etc. Both consultants and vendors must clearly demonstrate, via their website or other documentation, their work with the nonprofit community.


Recruitment Firms

Recruiting agencies that offer staffing services to nonprofits are allowed to post openings on behalf of their clients as well as their own internal staff opportunities on our site.


Social Enterprises

Social Enterprises are social impact-driven businesses. Their main purpose is to use their company’s for-profit business model and strategies to achieve a social mission. To be eligible to post on Idealist, a social enterprise must meet the definition above and clearly demonstrate, via their website or other public documentation, that their for-profit business model is integral to their social mission and that they are currently fully operational.

There is no legal designation for social enterprises in the U.S., but these companies can become certified as B-Corporations or join social enterprise networks. Social enterprises are not required to be legally registered or certified as such in order to be listed on Idealist. The United Kingdom has a legal status for social enterprises, and some other countries also choose to legally recognize these kinds of businesses.


Idealist does NOT include:

  • Any organization that promotes hate or violence
  • Military or intelligence organizations
  • The federal Department of Homeland Security
  • Personal projects or webpages
  • Organizations that are still in the planning stages
  • For-profit education, tutoring, mentoring, or college advising
  • For-profit healthcare or psychological treatment
  • For-profit child or adult care
  • For-profit athletic or social clubs
  • For-profit life coaching or self-improvement
  • For-profit career coaching
  • For-profit media
  • For-profit legal services
  • For-profit art projects
  • For-profit voluntourism, which includes volunteer programs, tourism, tour operators, hostels and exchange programs
  • Orphanages and care homes for children that are not registered as a nonprofit in their country of origin. Idealist staff may ask for documentation showing that the orphanage or children's home is a fully-operational and registered nonprofit.

Additionally, consultants and recruiters may not post any opportunities for the above prohibited organization types.

Still wondering if your organization is eligible to join the Idealist community? Contact our team!
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