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Field Overviews

What you can expect working in fields like international and community development, corporate impact and philanthropy, environmental sustainability, energy and clean tech, finance and investing, health, nonprofit management and more? Check out our field overviews for the low-down.

There's no shortage of ways to make a difference. But where do you start? What’s even out there? And how do you know a field is right for you? Fear not: we’ve done the legwork for you. We’ve conducted research, run it by the experts, and talked to the people doing the work on the ground. All you need to do is explore!

Thank You

We’d like to give a big thanks to the following individuals and organizations who shared their knowledge, funding, and insight for this material:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Avon Products Inc; Bechtel Family Foundations; GE Foundation; International Paper Foundation; Johnson & Johnson; The Kresge Foundation; McKesson Foundation; Microsoft; and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Jason Weeby and Brandon Malmberg of Education Pioneers; Marc Gunther of FORTUNE Magazine; Bryce Yonker of Clean Edge; Abe Yokell of RockPort Capital Partners; William Heisel of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; Amy Lockwood of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University; Neeti Nundi of PATH; Florence Navarro of the William James Foundation; Gavin Cepelak of CDC Development Solutions; Charles Bell of the Louis Berger Group; Tracey Ross, Alison Gold, and the staff of Living Cities; Dana Hagenbuch of Commongood Careers; Rich Leimsider of Echoing Green; Erin Krampetz and Brittany Koteles of Ashoka; Angie Chen and Julie Kidd of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; Judy Belk of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Lila Preston of Generation Investment Management; R. Paul Herman of HIP Investor