Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does Nonprofit HR only work with nonprofits?

    More than 17 years ago, Nonprofit HR’s founder, president and CEO Lisa Brown Alexander realized the nonprofit sector did not have the same access to human resources support as for-profit companies, but the work they do and the communities they serve impact all of us. She recognized the nuances and differences between for-profit and nonprofit human resources and founded Nonprofit HR to provide specific support for nonprofit organizations. Today, Lisa continues to believe that when nonprofits strengthen their internal capacity, they can better deliver on their missions.

  • Is Nonprofit HR a nonprofit?

    No. Nonprofit HR is a for-profit human resources and talent acquisition consulting firm that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector.

  • What are the differences, with respect to HR, between nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies?

    Most nonprofits are different from for-profits in a few key ways: budgetary concerns, heavier workloads spread across smaller staffs and mission-focused priorities versus profit-focused.

    The core of any nonprofit is its mission, and an organization’s HR function, along with the organization’s leaders, plays a pivotal role in that mission’s impact. On the other hand, the job description for any for-profit employee is to contribute to the company’s bottom line. This is not so for the members of a nonprofit team.  All HR efforts including recruitment, job descriptions, procedure manuals, employee handbooks, training and more need to be mission-focused.

  • What kinds of HR services do you provide?

    We do everything in the field of HR including (but not limited to) benefits administration, recruiting/talent acquisition, compensation studies, employee handbooks, HR policies and procedures, performance management, training workshops and much more. You can view our practice areas page to learn more about the services we provide to nonprofit organizations.

  • What types of organizations use Nonprofit HR's services?

    The organizations that use our services are broad in scope and include various areas of focus including environmental issues, human services, health care, arts and culture, children, community development, human rights, public policy & government reform, economic development & finance, trade & membership associations, international relations, education, faith-based organizations, poverty & homelessness alleviation and more. We work with both small, local nonprofits and large, national nonprofits.

  • Do you work with organizations outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area?

    For talent acquisition, our team members are located in Washington, D.C., but we are able to provide temporary and temp-to-hire staffing support in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and New York. We are able to provide direct hire and permanent placement support anywhere in the United States.

    For our HR consulting offering, our team members are located in Washington, D.C., Chicago and upstate New York, but we have provided HR support to clients all around the United States including California, Florida, Texas and Louisiana.

  • Where can I submit my resume on your website?

    You can see a list of available job opportunities on our careers page. From there, you can either apply directly to one of the available opportunities or simply submit your resume by clicking one of the “Upload Resume” buttons on the right side of the screen or further down on the same page.

  • Do you only staff HR positions with nonprofits?

    No. We provide talent acquisition support for all professional levels for a wide variety of career fields such as human resources, accounting, administrative & executive support, writing & editing, program support, IT, fundraising & development, communications/marketing/social media, grant writing & management, event/meeting/conference management, policy analysis, research and more.

  • How do I speak with someone about the human resources or talent acquisition needs for my organization?

    You can request support three ways:

    • Contact us by filling out out our informational form. In the “I am interested in…” drop-down box, please make sure to choose the option that describes your immediate needs best and use the comments section before submitting.
    • Call our main number and ask to speak with a member of our team, (202) 785-2060.
    • Contact a member of our Business Development Team here or through email