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.


800+ Organizations Responded to Coronavirus Response Pulse Survey – Download new infographic now!

The results from Nonprofit HR’s Coronavirus Response Pulse Survey are in and here’s a quick snapshot!

69% of respondents to a recent COVID-19 Pulse Response survey say they can accommodate work from home (WFH) for all or staff. Similarly, 69% indicated that their organizations are considering longer-term WFH policies beyond the pandemic.

There’s plenty more to see! Download a new infographic for a comprehensive overview of the results. 

2020 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey Results!

Culture and engagement are top of mind for nonprofit leaders in 2020. Over 88% of the Nonprofit Talent Management Survey respondents across North America indicate how their organization will invest time and resources in attracting, engaging, developing and retaining their people in 2020.

This resource kit includes data and information about the top three priorities that will guide the talent management efforts for 345 nonprofits who participated in the survey and much, much more, including:

  • Infographic
  • Webinar recording and presentation slides which include:
    • How talent management priorities, cultural trends, and retention have shifted
    • Where your organization stands in relation to national nonprofit talent priorities

See survey responses and more!

2019 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

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.

See Lisa’s full bio!

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.

See Lisa’s full bio!


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.
Visit them online to learn about their services. 





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!

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.