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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
-- 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), Idealist.org (47 percent), Indeed.com (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
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ABOUT NONPROFIT EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES SURVEY The national Nonprofit
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
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