Tweets from Service Employees International Union Local 500‘s Nonprofit Summit today in Washington DC.
Here’s some reasons, from the 2013 US Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey:
- The nonprofit sector is an often overlooked and important economic driver with its 10.7 million employees making up just over 10% of the US’s private workforce.
- 69% of nonprofits surveyed reported not having a formal succession plan for senior leadership, putting put organizational sustainability at risk.
- 90% do not have a formal strategy for retaining staff despite many indicating that staff retention is an organizational challenge. Inability to pay competitively, promote staff, and excessive workloads were cited as the greatest retention challenges. A lack of sufficient professional development at mid- and entry-level staff levels will also likely contribute to retention challenges.
- While the majority of nonprofits surveyed indicated that diversity and inclusion are important to their organization, many still face challenges, such as retaining staff under the age of 30, having their staff reflect the composition of the communities they serve, and balancing ethnic and cultural diversity.
- When positions are eliminated, 74% of respondents indicated that they distribute responsibilities among their current staff, contributing to burnout.