October 1, 2019

The dreaded employee turnover rate regularly hovers around 25% or even 30% at many nonprofits. A 2019 Nonprofit Standards benchmarking survey found that 60% of nonprofit organizations report that staff retention and recruitment is either a moderate or high challenge fo...

August 5, 2019

Years ago, I was introduced to the term “managerial courage” in a professional development setting and it hit home like no other word or phrase I had heard at work before.  It helped me articulate ways in which I wanted (needed) to be a better leader and really gave me...

June 12, 2019

Short blog post based on recent musings…  I’ve been thinking a lot about the expectation of nonprofit employees in the area of advocacy.  Or, more accurately, if there is an expectation at all.  When we work for nonprofits, we spend 40 hours a week (maybe more like 50...

April 15, 2019

Burnout - we’ve all heard about it, experienced it, or seen it happen to someone else.  The signs can be subtle, or they can be as clear as day: lack of productivity, poor performance, cynicism, disconnection from the work, loss of enjoyment (professionally, at first),...

February 6, 2019

No company or industry can afford high turnover, least of all nonprofits already strapped for cash and resources.  What is a proven way to ensure your employees stick around for a while?  Give them a well thought out, comprehensive and optimistic orientation and onboar...

November 21, 2018

For those of you that don’t know the history, Giving Tuesday is in its sixth year of existence and was started by folks at the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation to bring people together and celebrate generosity and the giving tradition in Amer...

October 10, 2018

The great divide, as it is often thought of in non-profit workplaces, is the disconnect that can exist between employees providing direct service and those working in administrative roles or on a development team.  I spent much of my career working in an organization w...

August 9, 2018

How many of you work for small or mid-sized non-profits that don’t employ a human resource professional?  For a great deal of organizations, the size of the team and the size of the budget either don’t warrant or don’t allow for the employment of a qualified HR staff m...

June 12, 2018

I recently shared a post on my social media channels about a generally accepted operational definition of “capacity building”, which I think is a bit of mystery to many, including those who you use the term regularly.  That got me thinking – are there other phrases and...

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