You will learn a ton and earn things money can’t buy.
What is an NGO? An organization working for a specific cause. Fighting for the cause is always a good thing. Learning about organizing (and people in general) is one of the most rewarding experiences because organizations are everywhere, and everything is an organization.
This is a (unfinished!) list of the things you will learn: legal and taxes; fundraising; management; project management; human resources; strategic communications; marketing; accounting; public relations; public speaking; networking; leadership; sales; community organizing.
Sounds like a mini MBA?
How to do it? List things you care about. May it be pets, astronomy (was my case in high school!), sport, startups, elders… Refugees, digital government, peace, or clean water. So many things that aren’t right and can be improved! Find those who care about the same thing(s). You’re not alone. You’re never alone. And just start. Learn along the way.
You’ll meet new friends, the most meaningful kind: those who share your values. From a strict investment perspective, you will benefit greatly. Up to a few times bigger income, if you decide to shift to business years later. Skills and relationships are probably the two most important things for any professional.
It’s important to found/co-found because then you need to do everything. Also, the feeling when you realize that you have actually built something that matters from scratch. Phenomenal!
It’s a social capital game; personal gains are truly exponential, but it’s also great for society. People, together, becoming relevant and influencing society in positive ways.
I think I will write an in-depth essay on this!