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How You Interact with Nonprofits Every Day

When I first applied for an internship at GuideStar last fall, I wasn’t even 100 percent positive it was a nonprofit—that’s how little I knew about the nonprofit sector at the time. Although I had made a few donations, volunteered a bit, and could name some large organizations, I thought of nonprofits as charities like the Red Cross or the Humane Society of the United States and didn’t understand what role a nonprofit information database played. I didn’t know anything about the different actors in the nonprofit sector and how their work affected my life, whether I was aware of it or not.