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Latest: Human Resources

Employee recruitment firms differ in their efficacy for women of color, and a handful stand above the others, according to Top 10 Search Firms for Women of Color, a report from Westchester, N.Y.-based Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC), a professional development and networking organization. The report combines data collected from search firms on a number of criteria, including the gender and racial…

A $500 stipend for community volunteering not only increased participation rates, but spurred volunteers to increase their emergency fund savings, according to research from Commonwealth, a Boston-based nonprofit that builds financial security and opportunity for financially vulnerable people. In early 2020, Commonwealth partnered with the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Shared Harvest Fund to explore new ways to ease financial strain on households. Shared Harvest Fund specializes…

Employee participation in nonprofit 403(b) retirement plans inched upward during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching its highest level since tracking began in 2008, due in part to automatic enrollment, which has increased 50% during the past five years. Overall retirement plan participation rose to 77.2% in 2020, up from 76.6% in 2019 and 72% in 2018. The annual 403(b) Plan Survey from the Plan Sponsor Council…

It’s not all puppy dogs and ice cream, even at the Best Nonprofits. The United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) rarely has any voluntary turnover among its 21 employees. But like at many nonprofits, the pandemic forced difficult decisions at USTA MAS. The Herndon, Va.-based organization laid off about one-third of its staff this past July. It was among 10 of the Best…

Search consultants saw a slight year-over-year increase in activity in 2020, according to the inaugural OCIO Search Consultant Survey from SEI, provider of asset management, investment processing, and investment operation solutions. Across 2020 searches, 59% were reported to be for discretionary providers, while 22% were for nondiscretionary providers. After a disruptive year, many institutional investors have started to make changes in their organizations, resulting in…

The SkillUp Together Fund announced an expansion of its national effort to provide training and job placement support for American workers displaced by the ongoing economic impacts of the recession. During the past six months the fund has awarded $500,000 in grants to people seeking new skills to get in-demand jobs. The SkillUp Together Fund is an initiative of the national social impact nonprofit SkillUp Coalition, founded in 2020…

More than two out of five nonprofits (42%) in a recent survey expect staff turnover to increase from 2020 to 2021, yet the vast majority of organizations do not have a talent retention strategy. The findings are part of the 2021 Nonprofit Talent Retention Practices Survey, a 20-page report from Washington, D.C.-based NonprofitHR. While 28% of executives expect turnover to remain the same and 14%…

The influences that saw growth in donations still exist in 2021, and funders who upped their donations are likely to either further increase their giving or keep it at last year’s levels, according to a survey from donor-advised fund program sponsor Fidelity Charitable. Response to the COVID-19 pandemic drove a plurality of funders to increase their charitable contributions, with 22% saying pandemic concerns were the…

Many organizations have intentions to diversify their boards but most have not had success or have even started trying and nonprofit leadership and upper management remains mostly White, according to a report by a Connecticut foundation. The 13-page report, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Landscape of the Valley, by the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) surveyed 32 stakeholders, representing 28 different nonprofits, community groups, and school…

Nonprofit job growth slowed in August after two strong months of gains, stymied by the Delta variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19) but still regaining about two-thirds of the jobs lost in the first three months of the pandemic. Nonprofits gained 42,131 jobs in August, representing a gain of 6.97% of the 607,000 nonprofit jobs still lost as of July, according to the latest estimate by…

Late summer and early fall were supposed to be times of reopening, and fundraisers started to plan in-person events. But the Delta variant of the coronavirus proved even more contagious than previous strains, and those live events are starting to be shuttered. In Chattanooga, Tenn., executives at Erlanger Health System canceled the “Believe Bash” fundraiser. The event, which had been scheduled for Aug. 7, had…

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