Staffing & Human Resources

Why the High Employee-Turnover Rate?
March 24, 2017 at 8:17 am

It’s no secret that nonprofits have an alarmingly high employee-turnover rate. Why are there new faces around the office so regularly? Many have brushed it off as “burnout,” but what does that really include? Tech Impact took a closer look at the causes of nonprofit turnover in this infographic...

How to Use an Oreo Cookie to Improve Your Capital Campaign
March 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

Fundraising is a high-stake, high-anxiety field. Both staff members and board members face constant anxiety and fear of failure. And the anxiety ramps up during capital campaigns when the goals and consequences of failure are even higher.

Finding Passion in Your Fundraising Staff
February 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

This old dog knows that hiring and training a new team member is not easy (or cheap). So watch for the signs of passion and never settle for a “good enough” employee. The cost is not only wasted time and opportunity, but it can also cost you those who are passionate...

Professional Development: How Your First Job Can Transform Your Career
January 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

Remember your first job? Most people do. In my case, each of my early jobs—from working as a musician while in college to my time as a pension fund executive overseeing billions of real estate assets under management—played 
a role in getting me to the next step in 
my career. Here are some lessons I took from early jobs that I still use today...

Why Innovation Is Integral to Nonprofit Management
January 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

Successful nonprofit organizations are run by great leaders. So, what does it take to show excellent, innovative leadership in the public sector and nonprofit worlds? These two realms often intersect, since they share similar interests: the public good, social justice, socioeconomic mobility, ending hunger and homelessness, and so on. According to Ohio University, one of…

Study: Nonprofit Employee Engagement Is Kind of a Mess
January 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Given its collective mission—changing the world—you might expect the nonprofit sector to be filled with starry-eyed, idealistic individuals whose passion for the cause is motivation enough to show up to work each day. But, as it turns out, changing the world is kind of a grind. A study found that, in 2015, just 58 percent of employees were engaged, and a combined 12 percent were disengaged or hostile. The numbers place the nonprofit sector third from the bottom among 18 industries...

1 Simple Tip to Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job
January 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review, the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor. I happened to catch one of the cartoons in a recent Medium post called “9 Cartoons To Help You Avoid Any Work.” It really spoke to me about our culture of overwork,…

Employee Departures, Transition and Donor Retention
January 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

We work in a world of transition. Each of us has gone through a number of job changes in our nonprofit careers. If we have served in a management role, we have also seen a number of employee transitions. A fact of life in our profession is that employees will come and go. And if not handled properly, these transitions can hurt your organization's donor retention...

Top 10 Things Smart Fundraisers Will Be Doing in 2017
January 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

I can’t believe 2017 is already here! Are you ready for it? Is your fundraising ready for it? How will you be increasing fundraising revenue and strengthening donor relationships this year? Learn what smart fundraisers will be doing—and download a free 2017 fundraising and marketing calendar!...

The Keys to Building a Sustainable Nonprofit
January 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

It’s one thing to come up with a great idea that may serve a need within the community. It’s quite another to build a sustainable nonprofit organization that will grow and thrive well into the future. Local standouts in the nonprofit sector say a sound strategy, a dedicated staff, a healthy infrastructure, educated board members…