Human Resources Training

Learn critical HR skills on your terms.


Nonprofit HR offers monthly free and low-cost events designed to help nonprofit professionals learn critical human resources skills and enhance their approach to talent and culture. Browse our upcoming events below.

501 Forum: A Nonprofit Learning Series @ Cushman & Wakefield
Mar 2 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
501 Forum: A Nonprofit Learning Series @ Cushman & Wakefield | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Diversity/Nonprofit Staff Recruitment and Retention:

In this session, you’ll hear from Lisa Brown Alexander, CEO of Nonprofit HR, who will lead an informative, engaging discussion about the intersection of organizational strategy and talent strategy and why now, more than ever, nonprofits must invest more deeply in talent to ensure mission achievement.  Discussion topics will include:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Social Sector
  • Three Nonprofit Talent Trends that Every CEO Should Know
  • Why Talent Will be Everything in 2017
Executive Succession: What To Do If Your CEO is Leaving or How To Plan When They Do @ Webinar
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Nonprofit HR’s President & CEO, Lisa Brown Alexander and BoardEffect’s EVP, Dottie Schindlinger are teaming up for an informative webinar on how to prepare your board for executive succession.

According to the 2016 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey, 59 percent of nonprofits don’t have a formal succession plan in place. And with the increasing and current trend of nonprofit CEO turnover, most organizations find themselves ill prepared to handle these changes. Join the webinar and you’ll receive insights on:

  • Best practices in managing an executive transition
  • Technology workflows that can help navigate these changes
  • Other nonprofits experiences and what you can take away from them

You will leave this 45-minute session prepared to effectively navigate these changes for your board!

Register now! 

Webinar: Nonprofit Compensation Planning Conference @ Webinar
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Compensation planning can be an intimidating process for a nonprofit organization. While budgeting salary and benefits may seem objective, it is actually influenced by many factors including: philosophical considerations, competition, regulation, etc. For example, philosophically, there is the belief that nonprofit compensation levels are justifiably lower than for-profit sector salaries, and from a regulatory perspective, there are always concerns that signs of “excessive compensation” could trigger greater IRS scrutiny. There are no specific formulas for determining employee compensation. This doesn’t, however, reduce the need for an overall compensation plan which begins with your CEO/executive director and covers every other level in your organization. The risks associated with not having a well-reasoned and documented compensation plan are just too great not to take seriously. Not only do you run the practical risks of being unable to attract and retain the best qualified talent, but by following loose compensation practices you may also be inviting greater government scrutiny. You should understand the critical elements that need to be included in your compensation plan and the timeframe for developing a reality-based compensation plan.

Nonprofit Compensation Planning Is Essential for Attracting & Retaining Key Employees presented by Sidney Abrams, SPHR, director of consulting services, and Heather de la Riva, consultant, NonprofitHR Solutions, is brought to you by KNOWLEDGEConferences.


Mr. Abrams and Ms. de la Riva will cover:

  • Required elements of a compensation plan including salary, benefits, and other forms of compensation both financial and nonfinancial in nature
  • Developing a compensation philosophy that fits your nonprofit
  • The process for approving the compensation of your CEO/executive director and certain other key executives
  • The importance of conducting an independent review of compensation decisions, using objective comparative salary data, and documenting your decisions as part of your board minutes
  • Understanding how to interpret comparative salary data and how to benchmark your compensation decisions
  • How to effectively communicate your compensation plan with your employees
  • The importance of conducting an annual review of your compensation plan
Webinar: Hands Off? The Board’s Role in Human Resource Management @ Webinar
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webinar: Hands Off? The Board's Role in Human Resource Management @ Webinar
What role should your board play when it comes to managing your organization’s talent? Join Lisa Brown Alexander and Sidney Abrams of Nonprofit HR, Thursday, March 23, for a webinar where they’ll discuss the appropriate role your nonprofit board should play in human resource management.

You’ll gain insights on:

  • The difference between governance and management
  • Strategies to develop and delineate board roles related to HR and talent management
  • The role of the board in HR

With the right partnership between your board and your staff, your organization’s team will be strengthened so you can further your mission.

Reserve your spot now for next month’s webinar.

2017 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit @ Washington Marriott Metro Center
Apr 5 @ 1:30 pm – Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm
2017 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit @ Washington Marriott Metro Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Hunger. Poverty. Inequality. Education and mis-education. Social, political and environmental justice. Professional and economic advancement. Political and religious freedom. Immigration reform. Animal welfare. Human rights. Access to healthcare. Global warming. What do these movements share in common?

The demands being placed on the nation’s social sector are accelerating, yet its people practices continue to lag in the face of mounting pressure. More than ever before, impact-focused nonprofits and associations are recognizing that without keen focus on and investment in smart talent and culture systems, their missions may not be realized. It is out of this recognition that the Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit was born. The 2017 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit is a transformational three-day event where forward-thinking nonprofit and association leaders exchange fresh ideas and collaborate on new ways to advance their missions and goals through talent.

Regular Registration is open and our flash sale is on! Save $120 when you register with the code JAN120 by 1/24.

The Nonprofit HR Training Experience

The best nonprofit professionals are constantly learning. Whether you want to explore new ways to hone your leadership style or learn critical skills for giving and receiving feedback, we have a training course for you. Browse our course catalog and select the training sessions that appeal to you and your staff. Each course can be approached from a high level with a one-hour session, covered in-depth over the span of an entire day, or anything in between. Training sessions can be offered on a one-on-one basis or with a group. Fill out the form below to start building your own training experience.


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    Webinar: Hands Off? The Board’s Role in Human Resource Management (Registration open!)

    With HR metrics, you can gather information from the past, analyze the current state of your organization and forecast the future to better tackle your goals.
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    Webinar: Nonprofit HR Metrics: An Important Tool for Organizational Strategy and Planning [RECORDING]

    With HR metrics, you can gather information from the past, analyze the current state of your organization and forecast the future to better tackle your goals.

    Webinar: Using Strategic HR Management to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace [RECORDING]

    More than ever, diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind for nonprofits and for-profits alike. Purchase Nonprofit HR's webinar to learn how to truly foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace at your nonprofit.
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    Webinar: How the new FLSA Ruling Impacts Nonprofits: What You Need to Know Now [RECORDING]

    With recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, your organization needs an action plan to ensure effective communication and implementation strategies are in place by the December deadline. Download our webinar to get your organization in compliance before then.
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    Collaborative and Strategic Thinking for HR

    Strategic and operational focus, people, and process are the cornerstone to any strategic business partnership. Attend this session and develop an approach to align strategy to structure and performance; think collaboratively and build a partnership that will influence change.
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    Building Your Nonprofit’s Employment Brand: The Candidate Experience

    Jobseekers care about their candidate experience. It shapes their outlook and perceived employment experience. Explore your employment branding, and discover how to leverage it to find top talent.
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    Creating a Nonprofit Compensation Plan

    What is your organization's philosophy on compensation? Does it reflect the culture of your nonprofit? In this course, you'll explore the elements of an effective compensation plan, outline the key steps to accurate market analysis and benchmarking and create a strategy to develop and implement a new plan.
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    Giving and Receiving Feedback

    As many leaders know, the old adage is true: "It's not what you say, but how you say it." In this course, you'll learn to manage challenging interactions by exploring the fundamentals of giving and receiving feedback.
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    Managing for Mutual Success

    Today's leaders are responsible for more work, more resources and bigger teams. In this session, emerging supervisors can explore leadership styles and how to achieve success by understanding and leveraging their influence.
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    The Challenges of Managing People

    Challenges in the workplace are unavoidable, but the way they're handled by supervisors is critical to organizational health. This session teaches new and emerging leaders to cultivate the skills necessary to manage people effectively.
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    Nonprofit Employment Trends

    The Nonprofit Trends Survey is a national survey of leading nonprofit organizations produced annually by Nonprofit HR. It focuses on four key areas: staff size and projected growth, recruitment strategies and budgeting, staffing challenges and staffing resource management. This session uncovers key findings, outlines what they mean for your organization and explores the role HR can play to overcome those barriers.
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    Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector

    Nonprofits represent 6.2% of our nation's economy and employ 11.7 million people. The sector is experiencing explosive growth and will need to attract 2.4 times the number of people currently employed to meet increasing demand, so there is sure to be an opportunity for you. Find out how to align your interests, experience, and energy with a worthwhile mission that matters.
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    Recruiting & Interviewing – Hiring the Right Talent to Move the Mission Forward

    Integrity, intelligence, ambition and energy. We know you want all that and more in your next hire. The process of identifying and selecting top talent is critical to your organization's success. Explore tools, strategies and recent trends on the leading edge of first class recruitment.
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    HR 101: Fundamentals for Non-HR Professionals

    If your organization is like most, labor is one of your biggest costs, yet human resources planning and implementation often gets put on the backburner. Learn how to master the fundamental components of HR and build a solid strategy that will take your HR from part-time to prime time.


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