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    Department of Labor Adopts “Primary Beneficiary Test” for Unpaid Internships

      How should employers determine whether unpaid interns are entitled to compensation? On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the new “Primary Beneficiary Test” to help employers determine whether unpaid interns should be classified as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new test requires employers to consider these seven factors:  Both parties understand that the intern is not entitled to compensation. The internship provides training that would be given in an educational environment. The intern’s completion of the program entitles him or her to academic credit. The internship corresponds with the academic calendar. The internship
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    Nonprofit Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2.0: Part 1 – Assessing Where You Are Today and Defining Where You Want to Be

      We frequently discuss the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in nonprofit organizations from boards and leadership all the way to entry-level employees and volunteers. As we’ve stated before, to maximize DEI in your organization, you must first understand and appreciate the value a diverse team of leaders, staff and volunteers brings to your organization’s mission. Additionally, achieving true DEI means taking into account more than just race, gender, sexual orientation and age. You must also consider diversity of ability, background, experience and thought. With all of this in mind, what does achieving each component of DEI look
  • Last Year’s Impact: 2017 by the Numbers and a Look Ahead at 2018

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    Using HR Metrics for Nonprofit Strategy and Planning

    HR metrics––also commonly referred to as an HR scorecard or dashboard, workforce and compliance statistics, key performance indicators (KPIs) or HR analytics––allow your organization to gather information from the past and present to forecast the future. These metrics can add strategic value to leadership decision-making by measuring the cost and impact of your talent related programs, and in turn, helping you improve organizational development, employee effectiveness and competitiveness as an employer. When you can see the quantitative impact of HR’s actions, you can provide that data to board members, donors, funders, staff and other key stakeholders to advocate for changes
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    Accelerating Nonprofit Board Diversity

    We recently discussed the issue of elitism in social sector leadership and proposed a few potential solutions. However, this problem isn’t exclusive to leadership staff; the vast majority of nonprofit organizations lack diversity on their boards as well. That is especially concerning because developing a diverse leadership team, recruiting and retaining a diverse staff, and serving a population with diverse needs and backgrounds are all more difficult with a board that is not diverse. According to BoardSource’s 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board practices, nonprofit board member makeup has nearly achieved complete gender equality, but there is a huge imbalance
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    Preventing Workplace Harassment & Protecting Victims at Your Nonprofit

    National news organization NPR recently found itself in the midst of a crisis as the outlet’s top news executive was forced to resign due to sexual harassment claims, proving that even the social sector is not immune to harassment scandals. And at nonprofit organizations, the fallout from harassment might be even greater than it is at for-profits. Nonprofit organizations are expected to practice what they preach when it comes to social issues, and even a seemingly minor harassment scandal can lead to the loss of major donor dollars, constituent support and valuable employees. Your organization must not only prepare to
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    Nonprofit Employment Practices Analysis: How to Use the Data to Finish 2017 Strong and Prepare for 2018

    As you begin to consider your organization’s strategic and budgetary plans for 2018, ask yourself: will you have the right people and the right talent strategies in place to achieve your mission? This year, the biggest takeaway from our annual Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey focused on the fact that competition for talent is heating up between nonprofits and for-profits, due in part to the growth of social enterprise and purpose-driven sectors. In 2015 and 2016 our survey showed that nonprofit hiring was happening at a faster pace than in the for-profit space, but this year, it’s clear that gap is
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    6 Ways to Use Talent Analytics to Improve Nonprofit Hiring Decisions

    How is your nonprofit utilizing data? It might surprise you to learn that while most social sector organizations are collecting a significant amount of data, close to half (46 percent) say they do not consistently use data to make decisions. However, at least when it comes to talent analytics, there is a desire for change. In our 2017 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey, 38 percent of respondents cited benchmarking existing HR and talent metrics and using those metrics to drive strategy as a top priority. If your nonprofit is among those interested in making actionable talent analytics a priority, where
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    Why Women are Still Underrepresented in Nonprofit Leadership and What We Can Do About It

    The serious underrepresentation of women in the booming tech industry has garnered a lot of attention in recent years, and the outcry recently reached a fever pitch when a Google engineer released an internal memo arguing against gender diversity initiatives. However, the tech industry isn’t the only area where women are underrepresented. Gender inequality is also a major issue in the nonprofit sector, especially at the leadership level. As both a woman and a CEO who works directly with nonprofit organizations every day, I’m acutely aware of the problem, and I’m hungry for a solution. The lack of diversity in
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    National Breast Cancer Foundation on Prioritizing Your Team’s Health and Wellness: Q&A

    Guest blog: written by Michael Watson National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options. After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Today, NBCF’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope in women affected by breast cancer

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