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New Release: 2023 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey Results

Culture and engagement; learning and development; and performance management were the top three talent management strategy areas survey respondents focused on in both 2022 and previously, in 2021. After another year full of changes and growth in the sector, this report reveals some exciting shifts in the top three areas of focus for 2023.

Find the following and much more inside this infographic:

  • How talent management priorities have shifted for nonprofits
  • Top three talent management priorities for 2023
  • Demographic insights on respondent organizations

Plus, view this WTOP interview with Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO of Nonprofit HR, and Rebecca Dixon, Executive Director of National Employment Law Project (NELP) as they overview the most significant results from the report and the ways nonprofits can win at talent management in 2023. Click here to read the article and watch the full interview!

2022 Nonprofit talent management priorities

2022 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey Results

Access this signature instrument that assesses and reveals what social sector organizations are most concerned about regarding managing their people resources for 2022. In this survey, Nonprofit HR researchers collected information pertaining to the full lifecycle of talent management and other related topics such as talent acquisition, culture and employee engagement, total rewards and beyond. The results shared in this publication are representative of organizations in regions across the nation and are inclusive of all social sector mission types, budgets and sizes ranging from large to mid-sized to micro.

View this infographic as well as the survey results overview webinar recording and past year’s results!

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2021 Nonprofit talent retention practices

2021 Nonprofit Talent Retention Practices Survey Results

It is critical in this season of ongoing uncertainty for mission-driven leaders to understand their workforce and have a plan for sustaining their highest performers. At the same time, growing evidence suggests that employees are making different decisions about their careers, who they want to work for and where. What’s more? The Great Resignation, a recent trend of premature resignations, is occurring at a time when 80% of Nonprofit Retention Practices Survey respondents indicate that they don’t have formal retention strategies. To better understand these trends and their impacts, Nonprofit HR sought input from organizational leaders about their retention practices for 2021 and the results are in. Download the survey results and find out what mission-driven organizations are doing to keep their high-performers and increase employee engagement!

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Nonprofit Return to Workplace Pulse Survey Report

Nonprofit return to Workplace 2021 Pulse Survey ResultsLeaders from 635 mission-driven organizations in the U.S., Canada and Australia responded to the Nonprofit Return to Workplace Pulse Survey and shared insights on progress, concerns and lessons learned from implemented return-to-workplace and work-from-home plans. The responses point to several critical findings, most notably that more than half of respondent organizations are considering future remote work options for any position that accommodates remote work. What is also clear is that nonprofits have been able to shift and sustain their talent management priorities during the pandemic and create new efficiencies to sustain and grow impact. This infographic also includes the summary results of plans and steps taken to ensure uninterrupted service delivery to millions across communities served.

2021 Nonprofit Diversity Practices: with New Survey Results

2021 Nonprofit Diversity PracticesFor the second consecutive year, Nonprofit HR surveyed nonprofits in North America about their diversity efforts and collected data from for-profit social enterprises for the first time. This 2021 report is complemented by results of the Fall 2020 diversity study that captured how national events have impacted progress made by nonprofits since the 2019 survey was published. In addition to detailed survey results, the report includes a compilation of editorials submitted by DEI, talent management and social impact researchers and experts across the sector.

We invite you to access and download this resource for research, insight and tools you can immediately use to advance your organization’s commitment to creating a vibrant and equitable workplace and workforce.

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Featured Insight: Habits of Highly Effective Nonprofit Leaders

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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.