Non-profit staff are unique in many ways. It is the responsibility of the human resources department to make sure that employees are upholding your organization’s mission and values. At the same time, human resources must protect the rights of the individual, ensuring that all staff are treated equitably and are provided with adequate opportunity for growth and professional development.
In addition to managing existing staff and recruiting new staff, the human resources department of your nonprofit needs to have knowledge of pertinent legal requirements, personal policies, salaries and benefits.
- Business and Legal Reports
State-specific human resources, compensation, safety and environmental regulatory compliance and training products
Information from the Department of Labor on COBRA compliance and requirements
- Human Resources Guide for Small Nonprofits
A guide to specifically address the challenges of managing HR for small mission-based organizations
Human Resource Associations
- Northeast Human Resources Association
Northeast association of human resource professionals; access to latest reports and news on HR profession and legal information; members have access to legal questions call-in center
- Society for Human Resource Management
The national association of human resource professionals
Job Resource Sites
Bridgestar matches high caliber candidates with senior level management positions and board openings; they also serve as a general knowledge base and resource, particularly for career changers from the corporate sector
- CommonGood Careers
Offers competitive rates for nonprofits on batches of job searches
The most comprehensive site for nonprofit job listings; also has a thorough online FAQ on HR practices
Volunteer Resource Sites
Hands On Network
Matches volunteer groups with local nonprofits
Matches millions of individual volunteers each year with local nonprofits
Light, P. Fall 2002. “The Content of their Character: The State of the Nonprofit Workforce.” The Nonprofit Quarterly, Volume 9, Issue 3, p. 6-16.
Survey results on strengths, weaknesses, and job satisfaction in the nonprofit workforce; a few years out of date, but an important perspective for executives and funders
Videos on Human Resources and Workplace Culture
- What are the traits of an effective supervisor?
- What's the difference between an employee and a contractor?
- Why is regularly scheduled supervision important?
- Why should the word supervision be used?
- What is the purpose of a comprehensive employee performance evaluation?
- What are the components of a comprehensive employee evaluation?
- What are some strategies for prioritizing daily tasks?
- How do you deal with priorities from multiple programs when they conflict?
- What are some strategies for helping staff with very different personalities work together?
- What are some tips for working across multiple program areas?