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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!