Nonprofits Ride Out 2011 with Caution, Hope
|October 21, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, Research||
After being greatly impacted by the fiscal crisis and recession of 2008, nonprofits are cautiously but steadily getting back to recruiting and hiring staff according to the summer 2011 report, Bouncing Back? Employment trends in the nonprofit sector from Idealist.org.
Findings from the survey of 3,000 nonprofits nationwide give insight into their current service and human resource concerns from health insurance to future hiring.
Impact of the recession:
- Over 80 percent of nonprofits impacted by the recession described it as a “negative” impact and 31 percent reported having to cut services and staff after losing funding.
- 82 percent of respondents planned to hire 1 to 5 positions during the year, primarily program staff (69 percent), then fundraising (36 percent) and administrative (33 percent) positions.
- When recruiting for positions, 89 percent rank understanding their mission as “very important”, as opposed to intern/volunteer experience with their organization (9 percent) or another organization (15 percent).
Salary and Benefits:
- 34 percent of organizations are not planning salary increases in 2011.
- 62 percent of nonprofits expect health insurance costs to increase, while 36 percent expect them to stay the same.
How is your nonprofit faring in 2011? Do you plan to add staff this year or in early 2012?