Knowledge & Insights

How nonprofit professionals stay ahead of the curve when it comes to talent and culture.

Nonprofit HR is widely recognized as a leader in gathering data and developing talent management resources for nonprofit leaders and human resources professionals. From culture management to harassment prevention to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, we provide the guidance your organization needs to best support your people.

New Report on Nonprofit Diversity Practices

Download a brand new report which includes never before compiled data about diversity practices of social impact organizations across North America. Included in the report you will learn about organizations that have:

  • a formal diversity statement and strategy
  • tips for strengthening your organization’s diversity statement
  • what organizations report as their greatest diversity challenges
  • diversity training tips
  • diversity metrics
  • and much more, including demographic data

Download report now!

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Research & Data

Get the latest data on job growth, hiring and employment in the nonprofit sector, as well as HR benchmarks, from our original research and reports.


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Insight Library

Read our latest thinking on the issues that matter most in nonprofit talent and culture. Visit our insight library.


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Workplace Learning

Learn critical, nonprofit-focused human resources skills and talent and culture strategies from our team of experts.


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Meet with industry experts and nonprofit human resources professionals over lunch for learning and networking.


Upcoming Events

Virtual Town Hall: Workforce Planning during the COVID-19 Crisis – Freezes, Furloughs, Layoffs & Position Eliminations
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

How should organizations plan for an uncertain future, especially when the external environment is changing daily and weekly?  What does a viable workforce plan look like as the need arise for contracting and expanding staff? Register for this Virtual Town Hall and explore mission sustainability through workforce planning and hear best practices for navigating uncharted waters.

While every organization is unique, it is helpful to understand the legal, financial and practical differences among hiring freezes, furloughs and layoffs.



Questions we will review during the Town Hall include:

  • Who should be involved in your organization’s workforce planning and the decision-making process?
  • Should your organization have multiple contingency plans? How far ahead can your organization really plan?
  • How does your organization’s financial sustainability impact if and when you choose one option over the other?
  • What are the legal and financial implications of hiring freezes, furloughs, layoffs and position eliminations?
  • How can your organization avoid benefits compliance pitfalls during these scenarios?
  • How does the WARN (Workers’ Adjustment & Retraining Notification) Act of 1988 apply during a pandemic?
  • How can your organization help staff manage “survivor’s guilt” if their colleagues are part of a layoff?


Lisa McKeown
Practice Leader
Total Rewards
Nonprofit HR
Lisa Wright Ponce, MSHR, SHRM-SCP, SPHR and sHRBP

Senior HR Business Partner
Nonprofit HR

Jennifer Prozinsk, ESQ.
Partner, Labor and Employment
Venable, LLP

About Lisa McKeown:
Lisa offers clients more than 25 years of experience in global benefits, compensation and HRIS, with unique expertise in global compensation strategy, program design and operations. Known to bring a strong service orientation to every project she touches, Lisa a critical thinker who thoughtfully develops programs that are differentiating for clients and their employees, alike. Lisa’s toolbox is well-equipped, bringing clients stellar services on program design, systems implementation, vendor selection and management, HR policy development, as well as written and verbal communication and staff management. See full bio.

About Lisa Wright Ponce:

Lisa leverages over 20 years of nonprofit and for-profit sector experience in her role as Senior HR Business Partner. Lisa has proven capacity for strategically assessing diverse organizations and designing multi-faceted workplace solutions. Her expertise in organizational culture assessment and change management has positioned Lisa as an advisor to nonprofit executives who are undertaking business and cultural transformation, including changing their operational models. Lisa frequently serves as interim HR leader. In this capacity, she helps clients solve their most complex leadership and talent challenges in strategic areas to include talent acquisition, talent management, talent assessment, human resources strategy, competency development, succession planning, career path development and coaching. See full bio.

About Jennifer:
Jennifer counsels employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters, and advises clients on compliance with a variety of federal and state laws. Jennifer assists with the development and implementation of employment policies; strategizing for lay-offs; determining disability accommodations; and drafting and negotiating executive employment, restrictive covenants, service, severance, and settlement agreements. Jennifer has significant experience in conducting internal investigations and performing company-wide audits of employee classifications to ensure compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws.

In addition, she assists clients by reviewing and revising employee handbooks and other policies and procedures, including compensation practices, leave administration, and discipline/termination procedures. Jennifer regularly conducts equal employment opportunity and harassment and wage and hour compliance training for clients. See full bio.

Register now!


This event is being co-hosted by Nonprofit HR and Venable, LLP. 

About Nonprofit HR

Nonprofit HR is the country’s leading and oldest firm focused exclusively on the talent management needs of social impact organizations. We focus our efforts on project-based human resources consulting, HR outsourcing, talent acquisition, and executive search. Nonprofit HR also offers customized trainings, research and events, all with the objective of strengthening the people management capacity of the workforce.

Since 2000, our staff of credentialed experts have advanced the impact of some of the world’s most influential brands in the sector. See more information about Nonprofit HR.

About Venable

More than a law firm, Venable LLP is a network of trusted advisors serving businesses, organizations, and individuals in many of the most important aspects of their work.

Our professionals immerse themselves in our clients’ work to fully understand their biggest opportunities and challenges while helping them navigate an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment. Today, with more than 850 professionals delivering services around the world, we’re helping our clients connect quickly and effectively to the experience, insights, and advice they need to achieve their most pressing objectives. See more information about Venable.

Featured Insight: Habits of Highly Effective Nonprofit Leaders

What sets the effective nonprofit leaders apart from the rest? We have the answers.

We connected with high-performing nonprofit leaders from organizations like the National 4-H Council and the YWCA and asked them what makes them tick. Each leader had unique insights into key habits that help them lead effectively, which we synergized into four key themes.

The most effective leaders:

  1. Place a high value on education
  2. Empower others
  3. Embrace Change
  4. Leverage their networks

These are habits you can cultivate in yourself and in your most promising nonprofit employees.