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What kinds of organizations can have pages on Idealist? 

These are the types of organizations we welcome on Idealist:

Nonprofit organizations
Also known as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits exist for public benefit and all their revenue is used to further their mission, rather than distributing it as profits or dividends. These organizations range from soup kitchens to aid organizations, museums, high schools, and unions.

To be included in Idealist's nonprofit database, nonprofits must be fully operational. They must be legally registered as nonprofits or have some other kind of documentation—such as a web site or brochure—that clearly states their mission and describes their nonprofit activities.

Please note: companies that are federally mandated in the United States to have volunteer programs can also be listed in in the nonprofit directory.

Government agencies
Government agencies are entities administered by a local, city, state, or federal government, such as departments of health, parks, or sanitation.

Consultants/Vendors to nonprofits
Consultants are companies that provide services to nonprofit organizations. These services include grant writing, communications, fundraising, and professional development. Vendors are companies that sell goods that are uniquely needed or used by nonprofit organizations.

Both consultants and vendors must clearly demonstrate, via their website or other documentation, their work with the nonprofit community.

Recruitment firms
Many organizations use recruitment firms to help them find staff. Recruitment firms may post on behalf of clients who meet our criteria, such as nonprofits or government agencies, or for their own internal positions.

Social enterprises
Social enterprises are mission-driven businesses that use market-based strategies to address intractable social problems.

Social enterprises are not required to be legally registered or certified as such in order to be listed on Idealist. To be eligible for 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-Corps. The United Kingdom does have 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
  • Personal projects or webpages
  • Early stage start-ups 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.

Still wondering if your organization is eligible for inclusion on Contact us.

And if you find an organization on Idealist that doesn't appear to meet our requirements, click on the red "Report this page" button at the bottom right of the organization's page to let us know.

Click here to create your organization page.

Do you review or edit posted content? 

We do not edit content posted by organizations or individual members, but we do review some of it before it's published.

We review all new organization pages as they're created to confirm that they were posted by someone from that organization and that they belong on Idealist. All other content (listings, individual profiles, etc.) can be published immediately without review, but we encourage you to report anything that's inappropriate or inaccurate.

My organization is already on Idealist. How can I become an administrator? 

To become an administrator of your organization's page, you'll first need to log in or sign up as an individual. Then, search for your organization from the search bar, go to your organization's page, and click on the "Become an administrator" link near the bottom. You'll have the option to send a request to your page's existing administrators or to let us know if the listed administrators are no longer with your organization, in which case we can approve you as an administrator extra-quickly. If you're logging in with your organization email address ( this will usually be much easier for us to do -- if you don't have one of those, please contact us with information authenticating you as an administrator.

For a one minute visual overview of becoming an administrator, click here: Become an administrator, to see our video.

What's the difference between an owner and an administrator? 

The person who originally creates the organization page is the owner. The owner is like a super-administrator who has all permissions, including the permission to delete the organization's page altogether and to manage the permissions of other administrators.

To promote an administrator to owner status, go to your organization's dashboard and click to the tab called "Administrators". Hover your mouse over the name of the person you want to promote, then click "Promote to owner."

Is Idealist free to use? 

It's free to sign up, search for opportunities, connect with others, create a page for your organization, and post events, volunteer opportunities, and action opportunities.

We do charge U.S.-based nonprofits $90 for each job posted (for U.S.-based businesses, it's $110), but be sure to check out Job Packs for reduced rates. We also charge U.S.-based nonprofits $25 for each internship (for U.S.-based businesses, it's $35).

How do I delete my organization? 

To delete your organization's page from Idealist, you must be the owner of that page. The owner is either the person who originally set up the page, or someone who has been promoted from administrator to owner. To become an owner, you must ask the current owner to promote you.

If you are already an owner, go to the "Edit" screen for your organization. From there, click the link on the left that says "Delete account."

How do I get a feed of Idealist content? 

We offer two types of feeds:

RSS feeds: From any search results page, you can click the orange RSS logo to get the RSS link for that specific search. You can then subscribe to updates to those search results using an RSS reader.

Atom feeds: These are a type of XML feed that you can use to display the latest Idealist listings on your site. Click here for more information about this format. To set up an atom feed on your organization's site, please contact us.

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