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Many companies let their employees serve a year in nonprofits for a year and then return to their job; many of those who go to work in the nonprofit sector leave their company to work for the charity.

"Charity secondments have become a popular way for private-sector employees to share skills and explore interests with the safety net of a job to return to. But one US organisation hopes to take the secondment model a step further and nurture the next generation of charity leaders.

"ProInspire facilitates year-long fellowships for private-sector professionals to work with nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington DC region. Since its launch in 2009, ProInspire says it has placed more than 120 fellows in 60 local and national organisations including Community Housing Partnership, Global Giving and Meals on Wheels America."--Liza Ramrayka, The Guardian

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