Workplace Learning

The best nonprofits are constantly learning.

The most impactful nonprofits actively drive toward being learning organizations. Our work with hundreds of nonprofit organizations over the years has afforded us with a rich repository of best practices and compliance strategies that we believe can help you as you manage and lead your organization’s people function or augment your nonprofit’s existing training program. Whether you want to explore new ways to hone your leadership style or learn critical skills for giving and receiving feedback, we have a learning opportunity for you.

Whether in-house or online, Nonprofit HR offers a diverse range of on-demand or customized training sessions for your entire organization. From harassment prevention to leadership development, we’ve delivered it all.

Browse workplace learning experiences below to find the best fit for your organization’s needs.

On-Demand Learning (Coming Soon)

Have an immediate training need? Explore our options for online, on-demand learning that you can deploy across your organization today.

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Collaborative and Strategic Thinking for HR

Strategic and operational focus, people and process are the cornerstones 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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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.

Employee Relations

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.

Nonprofit Employment Trends

The Challenges of Managing People

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.

Training: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Training: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In this course, we’ll discuss what constitutes sexual harassment and common themes that surface in the workplace. You’ll identify ways to bolster your organization’s prevention policy, discover what is required of supervisors to comply and explore ways to address harassment through situational learning.

Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector

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.

Recruiting & Interviewing – Hiring the Right Talent to Move the Mission Forward

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.

Nonprofit HR Metrics for Organizational Strategy and Planning

Nonprofit HR Metrics for Organizational Strategy and Planning

Think metrics only matter to technology and accounting? Think again. Metrics may be more important to your HR than any other function at your organization. Learn why metrics matter, uncover common pitfalls and best practices, and become the master of driving change through data.

HR 101: Fundamentals for Non-HR Professionals

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.

Leveraging Employee Engagement for Organizational Success

Leveraging Employee Engagement for Organizational Success

Innovative workplace cultures are fluid, empowering and engagement-focused. Explore tips on measuring engagement, the costs and pitfalls associated with disengagement and strategies to pull people back into the mission.

The Engagement Effect: Leadership, Influence and Social Style

The Engagement Effect: Leadership, Influence and Social Style

Learn what it means to lead by identifying key leadership competencies and exploring power versus influence and your own social style.

Equal Opportunity and Veterans Reporting

Equal Opportunity and Veterans Reporting

Race, gender, veteran status. Learn how the size of your organization or your talent’s status as a contractor or sub-contractor impact your compliance requirements.

Customized Learning

We’ll get to know your organization’s culture and needs to develop a tailored learning experience specifically for you.

Browse our on-demand learning topics (above) and select the sessions that appeal to you and your staff. Each course can be delivered to a team of 10 to 100, approached from a high level with a one-hour session, covered in-depth over the span of an entire day, or anything in between.

Fill out the form below to begin designing your custom learning experience or learn more about Nonprofit HR training. You can combine any number of the training sessions we offer in a way that suits your needs. Someone from our team will be in touch shortly to finalize the details.

Please note: Nonprofit HR does not provide customized learning sessions for individuals, only organizations.

Live Learning

Visit our Events page to learn more about live learning opportunities through our webinars on timely topics crucial to nonprofit talent and HR professionals.

If there is a topic you’re eager to learn more about, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We understand the demand for progress and positive impact within the social sector is more pressing now than ever, so we’ll make every effort to cultivate workplace learning sessions based on your needs and recommendations.

The Impact of Everything: No Ordinary Crisis
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm




Who is this event for? CEOs, Executive Directors, Chief Human Resources Officers, and all c-suite leaders.

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Impact of Everything

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Traditional definitions and paradigms of what it means to be an effective leader have been upended, some would say permanently, by this year’s multiple crises. Until now, psychological safety in the workplace was not viewed as a leadership imperative nor was its connection to the financial health of organizations well understood. Join us for an in-depth conversation exploring what the ‘impact of everything’ has been on the well-being of those in the C Suite and their stakeholders.

You will hear specific information on the symptoms and drivers of crisis-related thinking and behaviors that can jeopardize the longevity of leadership tenure and organizational sustainability. Recommendations will be provided to help leaders navigate the new, unfamiliar and uncomfortable demands impacting themselves and those they employ.


Lisa Brown Alexander
President and CEO
Nonprofit HR

Lisa Dinhofer, MA, CT
Koden Consulting Services, LLC

If an organization can strengthen its internal talent capacity, it can better serve the community and those in need.”

That is Lisa Brown Alexander’s mantra, and she has been beating the drum for it for over 20 years! Driven to serve the often-overlooked human resources needs for the social-impact sector, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the leading talent management firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector.

Today, fueled by the passion of 50-plus employees and consultants nationwide, Nonprofit HR is helping many of the nation’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart people management strategies. In the process, they’re changing the way an entire sector thinks about talent and culture.

Lisa’s leadership and the work of her firm have proven that better talent practices can play an integral role in nonprofit success. Nonprofits have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience to make their people-driven initiatives successful. Lisa’s goal is to ensure that every Nonprofit HR engagement inspires social sector leaders to strengthen their most important asset: their people.

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Lisa Dinhofer, MA, CT works with subject matter and circumstances most people turn away from. She mentors companies past traumatic and destabilizing events, workplace abuse, and disastrous communications to regain stability, establish a new normal, and build resilience. Lisa was an employee at the World Trade Center during the 1993 bombing and was still working in NYC during 9/11. She draws from those first-hand experiences of workplace trauma and lessons learned from other workplace tragedies.

Lisa’s work addresses issues that EAP’s, risk management and business continuity services don’t follow disruptive events that impact retention of key talent and organizational longevity. She is a certified Thanatologist with a sub-specialty in trauma, trained counselor, trained mediator, and a crisis communication specialist with 18+ years of professional experience training, consulting, coaching, debriefing, and public speaking. Lisa’s areas of expertise include; unexpected/traumatic disruption; active shooter and employee violence; workplace grief from death and non-death losses; trust-building, target, and ‘upstander’ training following bullying and sexual harassment; burnout and resilience-building; mergers & RIF aftermath issues; scandal; employee termination and other difficult conversations.

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Exercises and handouts will be provided following this discussion to be used as tools for personal and organizational use.

This event will be held via Zoom. Invitation links will be sent to registrants.

This event is being presented in partnership with Koden Consulting Services, LLC.
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REALITIES: Leadership & Culture in Nonprofits
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

REALITIES: A DEI Education Series by Nonprofit HR


Are your leaders truly ready to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce? Closely examining how your leaders manage your workplace culture can have a critical impact on your success. The 2019 Nonprofit Talent Retention Practices Survey revealed that 21% of respondents prematurely left organizations due to dissatisfaction/disengagement with current leadership. From recent headlines, it is clear that employees are seeking more outlets to voice their perspectives. What’s also clear is that employees of all backgrounds are holding organizations and their leaders accountable for living the values they preach.

Sign up now and explore ways to:

  • Ways to initiate courageous conversations about DEI with out-of-touch leaders
  • Determine if your organization’s culture is being experienced differently based on age, gender, race and other differences
  • How to internally and externally highlight and celebrate your leaders’ wins for building and sustaining a healthy, engaged and mission-driven culture


Discussion Leaders

Emily Holthaus
Managing Director, DEI
Nonprofit HR


Emily Holthaus is known for collaborating with organizations to design organizational strategy and implement leadership development solutions toward the outcomes of greater equity, inclusion and human capital engagement in both physical and virtual environments. Prior to serving as Nonprofit HR’s lead Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant, Emily served as the Director of Multicultural Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) where she worked to identify, engage, inspire, develop, and retain multicultural staff to ensure the leadership of YMCAs reflects the diverse communities they serve.  Emily was also a key member of the Y-USA’s Talent & Knowledge Management senior team that led the development of strategy and implementation of training solutions to support a nationwide workforce of more than 250,000 employees.

She holds a (BA) from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art and music, playing sports, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband Chad and young sons Jack and Cameron.

Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder in Residence


Angela Glover Blackwell is Founder in Residence at PolicyLink, the organization she started in 1999 to advance racial and economic equity for all. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink gained national prominence in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, and infrastructure. Her Radical Imagination podcast debuted in September 2019, introducing listeners to a world of creative, progressive thinkers whose vision is challenging the status quo to create the change we need.

Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as Senior Vice President at The Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Urban Strategies Council. From 1977 to 1987, Angela was a partner at Public Advocates. Angela is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, and she authored The Curb Cut Effect, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2017.

As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, Angela serves on numerous boards. She advised the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as one of 15 members of its inaugural Community Advisory Council, and in 2020 was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. She is the 2018 recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award, presented by the Independent Sector, and in 2017, she received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley.




About this webinar series: Nonprofit HR’s REALITIES webinar series topics are driven by priorities which nonprofits have reported to us, and cover everything from workforce development, recruitment, talent attraction and recruitment, workplace culture and beyond. Each session will be addressed through the lens of race and will incorporate facets of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practices in talent management.


Access resources, stories and tools to support your DEI journey to a more inclusive workforce!

Get in Touch

If there is a topic you’re eager to learn more about, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We understand the demand for progress and positive impact within the social sector is more pressing now than ever, so we’ll make every effort to cultivate workplace learning sessions based on your needs and recommendations.

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