Staffing & Human Resources

Getting People to Do More By Giving Them Less
June 22, 2016 at 11:53 am

Turnkey digs deep into the psychology of motivation. We use recognition with our clients to install and grow intrinsic motivation. If I am intrinsically motivated it means that I perform a behavior because I believe it is the right thing to do. If I am extrinsically motivated, however, I perform a behavior in hopes of a reward, typically a monetized reward...

Fundraising Staff Retention Made Easy
June 20, 2016 at 11:04 am

Those of us who were able to go to college have it pretty well off in the United States these days, with unemployment levels for graduates holding at less than 3 percent, which is to say full employment, or pretty close. Listening to the news and our presidential candidates, it certainly does not feel that way. But…

The Joy of Working for a Nonprofit: How Much Is It Worth?
June 10, 2016 at 7:00 am

A nice, fat paycheck is all well and good, but new research has revealed a surprising price tag on the job satisfaction that comes with working at a nonprofit organization: almost $40,000! The study, which was published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, compared the happiness levels of people who worked at nonprofit organizations with…

How Understanding PTSD Can Revolutionize Nonprofits
June 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

Believe it or not, an understanding of what causes post-traumatic stress disorder tells us a lot about what motivates people. How? We in nonprofit can make people feel necessary. We can give them purpose. We can give them ways to show competence, and to be part of something bigger than themselves. We can make them happier than they were before while accomplishing important goals for humanity...

Infographic: Do Fundraising and Finance Play Nice?
June 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

Hey, fundraisers, ever wonder what your friends in the finance department think of you? That (and vice versa) is what Abila set out to examine in its “Nonprofit Finance and Fundraising Collaboration Study.” The study surveyed 1,400 nonprofit professionals to determine the relationship between fundraising and finance, and how both departments can come together to form a more collaborative nonprofit...

2016 Top 20 Cities for Nonprofit Jobs
June 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

College graduates across the country are kicking off their first job hunt, looking to launch their dream careers in their fields of choice. And for many recent grads, that field is nonprofits. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average employment in the nonprofit sector increased 8.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, while employment in…

Are You in Fundraising for the Long Haul? Studies Say Maybe Not
June 3, 2016 at 9:53 am

Typically, we all work at 100 mph in our jobs. At certain times of year, we hardly have time to think about what we do and how we do it. In many cases, we react instead of act. We know what our jobs entail and, through muscle memory, plow through it. For many of us, the fundraising profession is our life and career choice...

The Perfect Business Partner/Client Relationship
May 25, 2016 at 11:31 am

The business partner/client relationship does not have the best reputation. From the vendor perspective, this YouTube video pretty much sums up what the worst relationship can look like from the business-partner perspective. This is not fiction...

Nonprofit Federation Blasts New Overtime Rule: 'Significant Negative Consequences'
May 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

The new overtime rule announced last week has an unlikely opponent: a progressive nonprofit federation. U.S. PIRG, a public interest group comprising about 400 state nonprofits across the U.S., called the new rule "unrealistic" and said it would have "significant negative consequences for nonprofit, cause-oriented organizations."...

How to Keep a Great MGO
May 23, 2016 at 11:26 am

I was recently a guest panelist for a fundraising conference in Washington, D.C. The topic was how to hire and retain great major gift officers (MGOs). It’s a great subject. The room was packed, and it was the last session on a gorgeous afternoon, so you know it was important to people. One of the first questions that the moderator asked me was, "What is the single most reason an MGO leaves a position for another one?"