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 resources for nonprofit leaders and human resources professionals. Tap into our latest insights and knowledge-building opportunities here.

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.

Insight Library

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

Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit

Attend the country’s only convening of nonprofit leaders that focuses on talent and culture issues.

HR Training

Learn critical, nonprofit-focused human resources skills and strategies from our team of experts. Choose from our most popular courses or work with us to develop a custom training program.

Interact for Impact

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

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Upcoming events

2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum @ Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Oct 20 @ 9:45 am – 11:00 am

Join Nonprofit HR CEO Lisa Brown Alexander and Managing Director of Consulting Services Sidney Abrams for a discussion on the board’s role in human resource management. 

How involved should your board be in human resource matters? Striking the right balance requires careful thought and consideration. With the right partnership between your board and your staff, your organization will be strengthened and better able to drive your mission forward by maximizing your most important asset — your people.

In this interactive session, you’ll gain insights on:

  • the difference between governance and management as it relates to human resources
  • the role and importance of talent to mission and why your board needs to pay attention to human resources
  • the key components of a talent management program and where boards should focus their efforts
  • strategies to develop and delineate board roles related to human resources and talent management


Our Common Future @ Michigan Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Talent: The Missing Piece in Nonprofit Sustainability

A sustainable nonprofit is one that uses its resources to attract sustainable talent to help achieve long-term goals. The role of talent can be a divisive and unsung challenge in the charitable sector. Impactful leaders must understand that their long-term goals hinge on clear panning and action for attracting, retaining and developing their team’s talent. Join Nonprofit HR CEO Lisa Brown Alexander for an interactive session on the interdependence of organizational and talent sustainability.

Innovation Design Summit: Social Sector Workforce @ Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
Nov 16 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am

Building and Fostering an Inclusive Culture

Nonprofit HR CEO Lisa Brown Alexander’s spark session will help participants develop strategies for moving their organizations beyond the “optics” of diversity to developing a sustainable diversity and inclusion framework that:

  • Makes the mission-critical case for diversity and inclusion beyond just compliance
  • Helps organizations balance inclusion and not just diversity
  • Prioritizes inclusive staff and board leadership
  • Integrates diversity and inclusion into all talent practices, not just recruiting
  • Helps organizations drive accountability and frees them to go beyond metrics tracking
Axelson Center Nonprofit Management Workshop Series @ North Park University, Johnson Center
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Unpredictable external forces (changing governmental regulations, shifting funding streams and tight talent markets) can cause uncertainty for organizational leaders and staff. External forces are not always within your control. How do you focus on what you can control, including organizational culture and employee engagement and retention, to ensure mission sustainability? In this workshop, Nonprofit HR’s Director of Project Consulting Lisa Wright Ponce will guide you through diagnosing your organization’s culture and understanding how to impact engagement directly, resulting in higher employee retention and renewed commitment and passion.

Use the code “Earlybird” to register for a discounted price of $72.

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.

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