TOOL KIT
February 17, 2016

When You Wear Many Hats — Including One for Human Resources

Many nonprofits do not have a personnel department or dedicated human-resources staff, so responsibility for managing personnel issues often falls on executive directors, managers, or staff who fill other roles in the organization.

Even among organizations with workers dedicated to human resources, only a little more than a third have a written human-resources strategy, according to a 2014 survey of HR staff members at 260 nonprofits.

To help fill this void, we have gathered the following resources to help organizations manage some basic human resources tasks.

Article
March 23, 2015

Background Checks Vary but Need to Be Robust and Fair

Experts share their advice on what to look for in the pre-employment review of a job candidate.

Checklist
November 04, 2015

How to Ensure a Remote-Work Policy Succeeds

Working from home makes some employees happy, but how can nonprofits ensure those arrangements meet the organization’s needs too?

Article
January 15, 2012

Problems by 'Accidental HR Managers’ Could Be Avoided, Book Says

Jan Masaoka, author of The Nonprofit's Guide to Human Resources offers tips on navigating tough personnel issues.

Article
February 27, 2015

Advice: How to Know if it’s Time to Fire an Employee

It’s one of the hardest, most stressful things you may have to do. Here are five situations in which it may be necessary.

Article
March 04, 2015

Terminating an Employee: Handling the Aftermath in Your Organization

It’s important for leaders to communicate, support, and refocus employees after what can be a dramatic change.

Article
March 25, 2015

Firing an Employee: Making Your Decision

Five questions you must answer when deciding whether to terminate an employee.

Article
November 25, 2004

Experts Offer Advice to Inexperienced Human-Resources Managers

Set up a private office, get to know the organization’s leadership, find support with professionals at other nonprofits, and other tips from experienced leaders.

Article
April 01, 2015

Behind the Scenes of a Fundraiser Search: the Job Seeker’s Perspective

The new director of gift planning at Pennsylvania State University talks about his recent job search. Here’s what other charities can learn from his experience.

Article
March 03, 2015

How the University of Virginia Took a More Proactive Approach to Recruiting Fundraisers

The university’s fundraising recruiter shares the tools and tips she’s found effective, including starting a database of potential candidates.