Human Resources Management

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    Nonprofit-Specific Human Resource Management

    Written by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD of Authenticity Consulting, LLC


    There’s a common misperception that human resource management in nonprofits is very different from human resource management in for-profits. Actually, the activities are very similar in both types of organizations, except that nonprofits often include human resources (staff members) who are volunteers– staff members who are not paid compensation.

    Note that Board members of nonprofits are volunteers, but usually are not considered to be staff members. Those who know a great deal about nonprofits also know that the activities to effectively manage paid staff in nonprofits are very similar to those required to effectively manage volunteers in nonprofits, except for the topic of paying volunteers.

    Understand Differences Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations

    Human Resources – Read This Topic First?

    Because of the similarity between managing human resources in for-profits and nonprofits, the reader is advised to first review information in the topic:

    Nonprofit-Specific Human Resource Topics

    Assessing the Quality of Your Practices in Nonprofit Human Resource Management

    The following link is to a series of questions that you can consider to assess your practices in nonprofit management. The link is to an organizational assessment tool for nonprofits, including paid and non-paid (volunteer) staffing.

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