Career advice for enterprising nonprofit professionals and tips for ascending the career ladder.

January 9, 2017


Monica Enloe is Associate Executive Director at Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in Kansas City.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years primarily in fundraising roles at local, national and international organizations.  Monica served on the AFP Mid-America Chapter Board of Directors from 2013-2015 and is currently serving as Marketing Chair for the Mid America Conference on Fundraising coming to Kansas City in April.  A graduate of KU and WashU in St. Louis, Monica has a bachelor and master of Social Work, specializing in nonprofit management and health policy. 


Have pride in your career choice. This sector offers the unique ability to look back on your career and know that your life’s work made a difference. Don’t lose sight of this!

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. This applies to you as a professional negotiating salary, vacation, and other benefits. Look at salary surveys and 990’s before negotiating an offer.

Network, network, network. Find a mentor, ask for informational interviews from people in positions you aspire to be in. If you’re like me–you’ll need to practice these skills. Make a list of “small talk” questions to strike up conversations at networking events to get the conversation started. The cliché is true–it’s all about who you know.

M&C is a proud sponsor of YNPNkc, which provides diverse opportunities for networking around Kansas City, and partners with Nonprofit Connect to offer professional development programming for young professionals in the nonprofit sector.