About Idealist

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What Drives Us

Founded in 1995, Idealist’s mission is to help build a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives by inviting people everywhere to imagine, connect, and act.

Idealist is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in New York. Learn more about our values and our commitment to working with each other and with our global community.

Proud Moments and Big Milestones

Since our founding, we have:

  • Connected more than 150,000 organizations with tens of millions of people.
  • Posted over one million social-impact jobs and hundreds of thousands of internship and volunteer opportunities. 
  • Organized nearly 300 grad-school fairs to help members of our network advance their social-impact careers.
  • Published over 1,700 free, expert resources for social-impact professionals (and aspiring professionals!).
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Our People

We’re an international team of big-idea dreamers and small-detail lovers, proactive problem solvers and thoughtful listeners, innovative creators and obsessive number-crunchers, bringing our own unique interests, skills, experience (and humor!) to our work, day in and day out. 

And we love a good shared meal, too! 

Meet our team and see where we come from, what we do, and where we’re headed.