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STUDY: Nonprofit Organizations Are Rebounding From Recession

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonprofit HR today

announced the results of its seventh annual Nonprofit Employment

Practices Survey, which this year indicates that the nonprofit sector

has seen a marked improvement in staffing levels since the recession.

According to the survey, more organizations have expanded their staff

in 2013, and fewer plan to eliminate positions in 2014 in comparison

to 2009 survey results. This reinforces the nonprofit sector's

economic viability and potential to create a significant number of

jobs in the year ahead.

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Key Findings from the 2014 survey include:

Significant increase in hiring new staff

-- 45 percent of nonprofits surveyed for this year's study reported

that their staff size had increased in 2013. In 2009, at the height of

the recession, only 19.3 percent of nonprofits reported their staff

size had increased from the previous year.

-- 45 percent of nonprofits indicated that they plan to create new

positions in 2014. In 2009, 41.6 percent of nonprofits intended to

create new positions in the year ahead.

Reduction in plans to eliminate positions and implement hiring freezes

-- Only 7 percent of those who responded to this year's survey

indicated that they plan to eliminate positions in the year ahead. In

2009, 21.6 percent of nonprofits intended to eliminate positions.

-- Only 5 percent of nonprofits indicated that they plan to freeze

hiring in 2014.

Anticipated job growth across all employment areas

-- The percentage of organizations anticipating job growth in 2014

increased in every employment area, from community outreach to finance

and administration.

-- The largest areas of anticipated growth for 2014 are direct

services (42 percent), program management/support (40 percent) and

fundraising/development (36 percent).

While this data points to a rebound within the nonprofit sector

specifically, the impact also extends to the larger economy. With the

increase in nonprofit job creation, these organizations are

contributing to the rebound of the economy in general by lowering

overall unemployment rates.

Opportunities for upward mobility and professional growth are

available within the sector for individuals at all levels. Entry-level

vacancies were most often filled by people just entering the workforce

(52 percent) and by people from outside of the nonprofit sector (22

percent). Mid-level vacancies were most often filled by people from

other nonprofit organizations (48 percent) and people promoted from

within (37 percent). Experienced and senior/executive vacancies were

reported as being most commonly filled by professionals from other

nonprofit organizations (56 percent and 59 percent, respectively).

Nonprofits are using online resources to recruit qualified job

candidates in increasing numbers. 60 percent utilize LinkedIn, the

most popular online recruitment sources among nonprofits, followed by

Craigslist (55 percent), (47 percent), (43

percent) and Facebook (42 percent).

The issue of diversity is top-of-mind for many nonprofits, especially

in light of recent national and global discussions regarding lesbian,

gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights. Despite the

importance and benefits of diversity to most nonprofits, less than

half (36 percent) of survey respondents reported that they have a

formal workforce diversity strategy, and 14 percent cited diversity as

being the biggest employment challenge at their organizations. The

greatest diversity challenges that organizations face include:

retaining staff under 30 (32 percent), balancing ethnic/cultural

diversity (26 percent), having the staff reflect the composition of

the community served (22 percent) and balancing gender diversity (19


"There is a stereotypical view of the organization that it is 'an old

(white) boys' network that is completely out of date but hard to

overcome. Our CEO is a woman!" said one survey respondent. "The

organization is very open to candidates representing diverse age,

ethnic and sexual orientation categories, and we ensure that positions

are not segregated by gender stereotyping. However, until we increase

the participation of members who represent diverse categories, I think

we will continue to have difficulty attracting staff who reflect


For more information and full survey results, please visit


Employment Practices Survey has been conducted by Nonprofit HR on an

annual basis since 2007. The report surveys 413 nonprofits nationwide

in order to provide a snapshot of current employment practices,

economic trends and their implications on the nonprofit sector.

Research addresses nonprofit staffing, recruitment and retention

practices, including information on staff size, projected growth,

recruitment strategies, budgeting and staffing challenges.

ABOUT NONPROFIT HR Nonprofit HR is the country's only human resources

firm that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations. The company

provides human resources consulting and talent acquisition services,

and also produces an annual study on nonprofit employment trends.

Nonprofit HR has offices in Washington D.C. and Chicago.

MEDIA CONTACT Lara Miller Email 702-379-1825

Read more news from Nonprofit HR.

SOURCE Nonprofit HR

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