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Email Alerts

What are Email Alerts and Saved Searches? 

Email Alerts send you daily emails of new listings on Idealist that match your interests.

  • Looking for a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity? Just save your searches once and sign up for Email Alerts. You'll never miss an opportunity, and never have to repeat your search.
  • Want to make more connections in your field? Set up an Email Alert to find new contacts, collaborators, consultants...
  • Waiting for your favorite organization to post an opportunity? Your Email Alert will notify you every time they put up a new listing.
  • Too many "Zero Results Found"? While smaller cities and very specific fields post fewer opportunities, Email Alerts will let you know as soon as your dream listing goes up—no more empty search results.

Don't want to receive a daily email, but still want to save your search? Saved searches allow logged-in members to come back anytime and view updated results with just one click.

How do I create, edit, or delete my Email Alerts? 

To create an Email Alert:

Log in and conduct a search. On the results page, you can narrow your results using the filters on the left. When you're satisfied with the results you see, click the green "Save this search" button. Name your search and click "Save." You will only receive an Email Alert when new listings matching your saved criteria are posted.

To edit your existing Email Alerts:

To make edits to an existing Email Alert, log in and hover over the arrow to the right of the green "Search" button and choose the search you want to change from the list; this will run your search again.

On the results page, change the search criteria as you'd like. Once you're satisfied with the new results, save the search by clicking on the green "Save this search" button. You have now created a new Email Alert, and can delete the old one.

If you want to make major changes to your Email Alerts, it's easier to start over by creating a brand new one.

To remove an email alert:

Log in and hover over the arrow on the right side of the green "Search" button. Select "See all my saved searches" from the drop down menu. Or, look for the drop-down menu under your name in the top right corner, then click Dashboard. Click the checkbox next to the alert you'd like to stop receiving. Once it's turned off, you can use the checkbox to turn it back on if you'd like to do so later. You can also simply delete the alert, which will permanently remove the saved search.

How do I change the email address where I receive my Email Alert? 

To update where you receive your email alert, you'll have to change the email address that you use to log into your account. To do so, log in at and hover over your name in the top right hand corner. Click on "Dashboard" in the drop down menu, then select "Settings and Privacy", and you'll find your personal settings, with email addresses on top.

Before you can remove your old email address, you'll have to add and verify the new one. Click the blue plus sign that says "Add an address" and type in your new email address. Click the Save button next to it to complete your changes. We'll send a verification message to your new email address with a link inside. Once you've clicked on this link, navigate back to edit your profile and you'll be able to delete your old email address. You can also keep multiple email addresses if you'd like, and just change which one we send email to by default.

You must add and verify your new email address before you can receive your old one so that you don't inadvertently lose access to your account.

Can I change the frequency of my Email Alert? 

Email alerts are sent to you daily, but only when new listings matching your criteria have been posted. At this time, we do not allow users to change the frequency of their email alerts.

I'd like to unsubscribe completely from emails. 

If you feel you're getting too many emails from us, just log in and at and hover over your name in the top right hand corner. Click on "Dashboard" in the drop down menu, then choose "Settings and Privacy" and look for the section that says "Email me when...". Deselect any types of messages that you'd rather not receive, and we'll stop bothering you.

If you also are signed up to receive Email Alerts, you'll have to turn these off separately. There's a link to your Saved Searches/Email Alerts right below the "Email me when..." section, or you can hover over your name in the top right corner, click on "Dashboard" in the dropdown menu, and then uncheck the checkbox next to any alert you'd like to stop receiving.

Remember that you can always check for the most important updates by visiting your "Inbox" in the drop-down menu under your name. This won't include Email Alerts, but it will include other notifications that our website might send you about your user or organization accounts.