USD to Host Second Annual Nonprofit HR & Risk Management Symposium

For the second consecutive year, USD’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research, in partnership with Nonprofit HR Solutions will conduct a symposium for human resources professionals, non-profit leaders and the community on the critical importance of nonprofit employment trends in 2011. The symposium will take place on the USD campus on June 3, 2011.
Findings from the 2011 national Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey™ conducted jointly by Nonprofit HR Solutions and USD’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research indicate that 60 percent of the nonprofit organizations in this year’s survey plan to hire in 2011 even though nearly one quarter of the organizations in this year’s survey trimmed staff in 2010. Findings from this year’s survey also revealed that turnover remains low within nonprofit organizations.
Additionally, as in previous years the HR function is viewed as critical within many organizations. However it still remains a low priority for most nonprofits. Eighty-four percent of nonprofit respondents agreed that the HR function is critical to the success of their mission, but 52 percent of organizations do not have a dedicated HR professional.
"While our report indicates that the nonprofit job market has turned a corner and hiring is being planned, we caution the sector to be prepared for higher than normal turnover. For the past two years staff has cautiously been be asked to do more with less. We believe that this has the power to drive a higher than usual risk of employee turnover in the latter part of 2011,” said Nonprofit HR Solutions’ President and CEO Lisa Brown Morton. “Nonprofit leaders and human resources professionals should be put on notice that as the job market opens up they will need to focus on retention of their current employees or risk losing staff through premature turnover.”
In an era of new avenues to recruit talent, the 2011 survey is showing that Nonprofits still primarily use in-person networking and newspapers to recruit job candidates. This is surprising considering the rapid growth and affordability of social networking tools over the past few years. This practice also has the potential to negatively impact diversity efforts.
“Having data that accurately represents organizations within the nonprofit sector is critical for decision making about workforce issues in a sector that relies so heavily on staff to carry out its work,” said Laura Deitrick, Director of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research. “As nonprofits gear-up to hire this year with new resources for recruitment - such as social media - they need to be prepared to compete for talent on an almost unprecedented level while still trying to keep key staff from jumping ship.”
More than 450 nonprofit executives and human resources professionals responded to an online survey that addressed issues around staff size and projected growth; recruitment strategies and budgeting; staffing challenges; and staffing resource management. This survey is an accurate representation of organizations within the nonprofit sector by size, subsector and location. 

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The full survey results are available for free download at Interested persons are invited to take part in one of three national symposia that have been created to discuss the survey’s findings. Visit for more details. 
Who: Leading human resources practitioners, executives, and thought leaders gather to discuss nonprofit employment trends
What: 2nd Annual San Diego Nonprofit Human Resources & Risk Management Symposium
When: Friday, June 3, 2011 from 9-4 p.m.
Where: USD's Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium 
About Nonprofit HR Solutions
Nonprofit HR Solutions is the nation's only full-service consulting firm dedicated exclusively to meeting the human resources needs of nonprofit organizations. Since 2000, Nonprofit HR Solutions has worked exclusively with the nonprofit sector, generating results for organizations supporting advocacy, health and human services, arts and culture, education, the environment, faith-based missions and more.
About the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research (University of San Diego)
The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research was launched in 2004 with generous start-up grants provided by The Westreich Foundation and the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation. In 2007 the Center received a generous naming contribution from the Caster family. The Caster Center is located within the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego, whose mission is to educate leaders and advance best practices in the nonprofit and philanthropic community through academic excellence, applied learning, and research that examines issues of strategic importance to the sector.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.