Resources for Workplace Culture

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.

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.

External Resources

  • Business and Legal Reports
    State-specific human resources, compensation, safety and environmental regulatory compliance and training products
  • COBRA
    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

Job Resource Sites

  • Bridgestar
    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
  • Idealist
    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

  • VolunteerMatch
    Matches millions of individual volunteers each year with local nonprofits

Publications

  • 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    Survey results on strengths, weaknesses, and job satisfaction in the nonprofit workforce; a few years out of date, but an important perspective for executives and funders

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