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Social Financier

Career Highlights

  • Create opportunities in economically challenged communities
  • Invest in communities
  • Work as a consultant or member of staff

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Career Summary

Companies today are reaching out to the lower economic consumers. There are leaders in companies that use their products and services as a way to help elimination poverty. If you find that finical data comes easily to you but the stiff corporate for profit only environments discourage you, than know that you have other options.

Services such as banks, telecommunications, finance loans and car dealerships are just a few examples of the corporations that have looked beyond the four dollar sign consumers and have embraced the lower-income population. Financial careers have expanded to include personal interests in nonprofit organizations or in corporations that either specialize or have a department that specializes in community social good.

Some social financial positions might include:

Community Investor: The community investor helps strengthen local economies while making a profit creating a better future for economic depressed neighborhoods. Community investors usually report to a community board of directors and to the shareholders of a company that organizes the investing efforts.

Micro-Financier: Micro-financiers grants access to ‘capital’ to economic depressed communities who otherwise wouldn’t be unable to meet loan requirements. Micro-financiers help find ways to make possible investments or loans for business or community development. They may work as a consultant or for companies that range from financial businesses to non-governmental organizations.

Nonprofit Sector: The nonprofit division is, perhaps, the most traditional of the social finance network. The nonprofit division is different, as it ranges from interests in the arts, homeless advocacy to animal rights.

If you are already skilled in finance and want to move your career into a social angle, you will need to expand your skills in social work. Studies in sociology, behavioral sciences, and community services will help you reach your goals. You can also focus on environmental or financial planning.If your skills and experience lay outside of the financial aspects, incorporate your current skills with studies in Finance, Financial Planning, Business Management or go after your MBA (Master of Business Administration).

Companies have figured out that the lower economic consumers have money to spend and will not necessarily spend it on just anything. Leaders today are the companies that use their products and services as a way to help move communities out of poverty.

If finical management and accounting comes easily to you but the stuffy corporate environment discourages you and you want to make a difference in the world, know that there are ways to contribute as a social financier.

Salary

$45000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Finance
  • Sociology
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Career Skills

  • Accounting
  • Communications
  • Financial Research
  • Community Outreach
  • Leadership

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*Salary ranges based on location, experience, and demand. This number represents a rough nation-wide average.