Staffing & Human Resources

Will Your Next Development Director Be Your First? Or Your 10th?
December 13, 2016 at 11:41 am

Small shop fundraising is a tough job, and its difficulty is often underestimated or ignored entirely. Is it really any wonder that the turnover rate is highest among small shop fundraisers? Far too often, an organization’s board and executive director are focused on the right here and right now. But a smart development director is focused on the long-term sustainability of the organization...

New York Leads All States in Number of Nonprofit Jobs
December 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

New York ranked No. 1 in nonprofit jobs and organizations in 2012, and the sector withstood the recession in 2009, a report Wednesday said. In 2012, the most recent data reviewed, 18 percent of all private-sector employment in the state was from the nonprofit sector, the report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. That year,…

Department of Labor Appeals Overtime Ruling
December 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

The Obama administration said that it will challenge a federal court's decision to block President Barack Obama's rule to amend overtime regulations. The Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday, the same day the new rule was set to take effect...

10 Interview Questions for Hiring an Executive Director
December 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

Over the past year, I’ve coached several gifted individuals who interviewed for executive director positions, and I can tell you that many nonprofits handle these interviews poorly. They don’t ask the right questions or they don’t really know what they’re looking for. Frankly, it’s not surprising. Usually, board members conduct executive director interviews, but most…

Increase Your Organization’s Influence in Just 15 Minutes a Month
December 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

Do you wish that your organization had more clout? That you had more access to your community’s thought-leaders and philanthropists? Are you unsure how you should get to know the people in in your community whose opinions are seen as the gold standard? Here’s an excellent way to build those relationships. It’s not difficult and won’t feel awkward. And, most importantly, your community’s leaders will want to participate...

7 Ways Major Gift Officers (and Anyone Else) Can Avoid Burnout
December 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

I talk to many major gift officers, development professionals and nonprofit executives every week. Perhaps it’s the time of year, or the stage in their careers, but I’m hearing from a high percentage of them that they are burned out, stressed out and contemplating a move to do something else. Take some time and take a breath. Reflect on where you are in your work. Here are some ideas on how to avoid burnout and reduce stress...

Overtime Pay or No Overtime Pay? What Nonprofits Are Doing (And What Should They Do?)
November 28, 2016 at 11:32 am

The new overtime regulations may be implemented or repealed in the coming months. How will nonprofits handle the situation if the regulated overtime pay is no longer required? If they have implemented an overtime-pay-for-extra-work model, how do they then undo it without crashing employee morale and inciting the mass exodus of disgruntled employees that could follow? I talked to several nonprofits to see how they have been preparing...

Federal Court Blocks Overtime Rule Set to Take Effect Next Week
November 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

Yesterday, a federal judge blocked President Obama's rule to amend overtime rule regulations, which was set to take effect next Thursday, Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant agreed with the 21 states and a group of businesses, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that the rule is unlawful, Reuters reported...

What Happens When a Nonprofit Leader Steps Down?
November 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

Thirty years is a long time to devote to any pursuit, and Karen Cragnolin, the oft-honored founding mother of RiverLink, can attest to that. During that time, she says she held every job in the organization, and was planning to finally move on this year when, during surgery, she suffered an aneurysm that robbed her…

Know What You Don't Know: 7 Things Problem-Finders Do
November 18, 2016 at 9:10 am

Because many nonprofit leaders do not take the time to thoroughly examine their organizations' management, small mistakes happen often—and large disasters are just around the corner. Here are some skills and techniques to help us recognize problems before they occur, and build a culture to address them...