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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.


May 25, 2012

In case you missed it, last month the Nonprofit Finance Fund published results from its 4th Annual Nonprofit Sector Survey. The results aggregated data from 4,607 respondents.  For all you data geeks out there, this year NFF is allowing individuals to explore the data and conduct additional analysis yourself (very cool). If you prefer to see just the highlights and some cool charts, check out the summary brochure.

What I found most encouraging were the following three outcomes:

  • 50% of respondents hired staff for new positions this year, compared to 44% last year.
  •  The number of respondents that reduced or eliminated programs decreased, from 26% last year to 20% this year.
  • Fewer organizations tapped into reserve funds: 27%, down from 34% last year.

There were some additional salary and benefits related findings that moved in a promising direction:

  • 42% of respondents’ organizations gave raises.
  • 12% improved/increased staff benefits.
  • 46% made replacement hires.

It seems things may be finally improving for the sector. For those of you looking to find a new job in the nonprofit sector, 2012 may be the year!

April 9, 2012

The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Spring is in full force here in the San Francisco Bay Area as evidenced by the major rain storms predicted for the remainder of the week. Spring always brings to mind thoughts of change and growth. This is a good time  to take a lesson from the season and cultivate your own professional growth. What are you doing to enrich your own skills, knowledge, talents or network?

With change in mind, I would like to direct you to a few other posts that have some excellent advice and resources. First, I wanted to share a blogpost  from Bridgestar, How to Develop Yourself as a Nonprofit Leader.  It has lots of practical advice from some very distinguished leaders in the sector. While many of the recommendations are common sense, it is always nice to see what the pros recommend. Consider embracing one of the ideas and working on it through the rest of spring and summer and take stock come fall. Using the change of season is a convenient way to set a timeframe for a personal goal.

Another useful resource is this handy compilation from ResumeBear on 20 Impressive & Inspiring Productivity Experts on Twitter.  Twitter is a great resource for quick and dirty tips and tricks for all parts of our lives. Anytime I can find a helpful resource, I like to try to spread the word. See if these tweets don’t help you on your quest for some personal growth.