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April 5, 2013

Recently the Nonprofit Finance Fund issued the results from its 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. ¬†NFF surveyed 6,000 respondents from a variety of nonprofit organizations across all 50 states to get these results. The survey covers a number of different issues. For today’s blog, I am just focusing on the employment related findings.

Point: Hiring New Staff Positions?

* 35% of respondents plan to hire in the next 12 months (this is down from 45% who responded favorably in 2012).

Point: Reducing Staff?

*8% of respondents plan to reduce staff which is an improvement from the 19% of respondents who said they anticipated reducing staff in 2012.

Point: Retain all existing personnel?

* 41% of respondents plan to retain staff which is an improvement from the 34% who responded last year on this point.

Point: Give Raises?

* 35% of respondents plan to give raises this year, which is just 2% lower than the 37% who responded positively last year.

Point: Freeze or Reduce Salaries?

* 11% vs. 17% responded that they intend to freeze or reduce salaries in 2013. This is a 6% reduction in the number of nonprofits planning to freeze or reduce salary (promising).

Point: Improve Staff Benefits?

*11% of respondents indicated there would be an improvement in staff benefits (it is unclear what those benefits entail exactly). This is 1% higher than the 10% of respondents that indicated benefits would improve in 2012.

Point: Reduce Staff Hours?

* Only 5% of respondents indicated that staff hours would be reduced this year compared to 8% in 2012.

So, what can we say about these results?

The trends are mostly going in the right direction for nonprofit employees. On the bright side, in 2013 we can anticipate there may be fewer staff reductions, higher staff retention, less salary freezes and less reductions in staff hours.  However, 10% fewer nonprofit organizations plan to hire for new staff positions this year. In addition, there is a slight reduction (2%) in the number of raises that will be given across all the participating nonprofit organizations. Looks like more organizations maintaining the status quo and fewer organizations hiring for new programs or positions.