Staffing & Human Resources

Volunteer Handbooks: Essential Tools for Volunteer Development
August 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

A cursory search on the Internet for “volunteer handbooks” produces disappointing results. Most examples are no more than a couple of pages stapled together, highlighting dress codes, attendance policies and general volunteering expectations...

Avoid Managing (or Being) This Type of MGO
July 31, 2017 at 10:36 am

We’ve been working with major gift officers for quite a long time. I think Richard and I, along with our associates, have seen just about every type of personality, work ethic and passion, or lack of, in the MGOs we have managed...

Looking for Another Development Position?
July 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

I recently responded to my third recruiter’s plea (in a week) for interest in a chief development officer position. They wanted to know if I was interested in a great, next job opportunity. If not, could I recommend anyone to them...

4 Steps Nonprofit Leaders Can Take to Tackle Workplace Negativity
July 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Call it gossip, scuttlebutt, tittle-tattle or rumor—workplace negativity is an insidious morale buster that can distract even the most dedicated employees. And nonprofits aren’t immune to it. People are people, even when working for the greater good...

When Should You Hire a MGO?
July 3, 2017 at 10:20 am

You want to develop a major gift program for your nonprofit, but you’re not sure you have enough donors to warrant hiring a major gift officer. Or you are growing your major gift program, and you’re wondering when it makes sense to hire another MGO to add to your team...

How to Use Automation to Keep Nonprofit Employees from Burning Out
June 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

Tedious, unimpactful, busywork is enough to burn anyone out in any industry. Sadly, it comes with the territory for any career, job or project. Sometimes, before you can do the work you love, you have to take care of certain responsibilities, whether we like it or not. In the nonprofit world, that problem is exacerbated. Why?...

Executive Issues: Half-Truths About Talent Management
June 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

In this period of fake news and alternative facts, we might feel a bit weary of hearing a term such as “half-truths.” But there is an anonymous quote that approximates what I mean by a half-truth: “Beware of the half-truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half...

Employees Taking Leave: Third Circuit Adopts New Defense That May Impact Employee FMLA Claims
June 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act provides qualified employees of both nonprofit and for-profit companies up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to deal with a “serious health condition” or to care for certain family members with a “serious health condition.” In most instances during a period of FMLA qualified leave, an employee’s job is protected and their employment cannot be terminated...

Report: 2017 Nonprofit Communication Trends
June 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

It is of utmost importance to implement effective communication in a nonprofit organization. Why? Because effective communication leads to higher team performance, which ultimately leads to more proficiency within the organization...