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Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

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Resources for Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector
From for profit to nonprofit

Moving from a for-profit leadership position to a leadership role at a nonprofit organization takes careful consideration and a fair amount of research to be sure you find the right fit, both professionally and personally. This collection of articles from The Bridgespan Group can help you find a position, land the job, and get ready for a new career as a nonprofit leader.

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Employee Evaluation Forms
Templates, tips, & resources

There’s no reason to re-invent the wheel when it comes to employee evaluation forms. Check out these resources for free templates, sample forms and best-practice tips to help you create and refine your employee evaluation forms. 

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Nonprofit Works
An Interactive Database on the U.S. Nonprofit Economy

Nonprofit Works is a new interactive website from The Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies providing access to critical data on nonprofit jobs, establishments, and wages in the United States from 1990-2011 with updates coming.

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Employment Taxes for Exempt Organizations

Hiring your first employee?  Here are some guidelines for what payroll will require. 

Employment Taxes for Exempt Organizations

How Does Payroll Work for a Nonprofit?

How to Calculate Payroll Taxes for a Nonprofit

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New overtime rules for nonprofits
What's different about California?

Everybody’s talking about the new regulations from the Department of Labor that may change how nonprofits classify employees and whether or not they must be paid overtime. But as usual, California is different. One of the ways we’re different is that we have very distinct labor laws, which means that the new federal overtime rules will play out differently in our great state.

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Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits: the 2016 Compensation and Benefits Survey Report

Creating a new position? Need to see if you Executive Director’s salary is competitive?

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U.S. Labor Department Publishes Overtime Regulations
Final Department of Labor Overtime Regulations Published

This special issue of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters from the National Council of Nonprofits offers a thorough review of the new regulations and their impact on nonprofits. 

DOL has also published this Guidance for Non-Profit Organizations on Paying Overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Classifying Employees Correctly
Independent contractor or employee? Exempt or non-exempt?

Misclassifying an employee can have very serious consequences for a nonprofit.  This article from the National Council of Nonprofits clearly lays out the differences and offers additional resources to help you get it right.

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Sample Employment Application
Don't forget this important part of the hiring process - a resume is not enough

The employment application is a legal document and becomes a part of a person’s permanent file once he or she is hired.

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Does this Employment Law Apply to Nonprofits?
A chart designed to help you quickly identify which employment laws apply to your company, based on the number of employees you have.

Many small nonprofits assume (incorrectly) that Employment Laws don’t apply to them because “we’re too small”, or “we’re a nonprofit”. From the perspective of personnel law, there is no difference between a for-profit and nonprofit company.

Laws such as Lactation Accommodation, School Activities Leave and Domestic Violence Leave are just some of the newer laws and requirements that all employers, regardless of size, must comply with.

This chart, provided by HRtoGo, will show you which laws apply to you, based on the number of employees you have. Please note that the chart is based on laws as of 2014.

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12 Question to Ask When Applying for a Fundraising Job – and Answers the Nonprofit Should Know

I have several long-term clients who are looking to change jobs. What a surprise: development staff on the move.

I also have clients who are looking for employees. Some have written job descriptions that are more thorough and complex than they would be for the CEO of General Motors.

One lists 26 areas of responsibility and pays $35,000. They want me to find someone. I want to weigh 112 and eat 5,000 calories a day. That isn’t going to happen, either.

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Unemployment Services Trust
Alternative to paying state unemployment taxes

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) is an alternative to paying state unemployment taxes for nonprofits  with 10 or more FTEs, as allowed by Federal law. With the ability to save thousands on unemployment costs annually, e-File unemployment claims with the state, and access expert HR Advisors through our HR Hotline and Library — more than 2,000 nonprofits have chosen to join UST.

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Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit
From the Bridgespan Group

Hiring decisions are challenging, and engaging in a thorough process requires time and energy. In addition, every hiring decision contains an element of risk and ultimately requires a leap of faith. No matter how well you know your final candidate, it’s impossible to be 100 percent certain how he or she will perform in the new role. However, executing a disciplined, rigorous search process like the one outlined in this tool kit will help to mitigate the risks. Based on The Bridgespan Group’s Executive Search team’s years of recruiting experience (both for-profit and nonprofit), the Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit explores eight steps to the hiring process that, when done well, can lead your organization to making a great hiring decision.

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Personnel Policy Manuals (Employee Handbooks)
Free Management Library

This section of the Free Management Library covers:

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All About Human Resources and Talent Management
Free Management Library

All organizations have people — they have human resources. Regardless of the size of an organization or the extent of its resources, the organization survives — and thrives — because of the capabilities and performance of its people. The activities to maximize those capabilities and that performance are necessary regardless of whether the organization refers to them as Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development or Human Resources — or has no formal name for those activities at all.

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Transitioning from a From Profit to Nonprofit Career
Tools, resources, and helpful articles from the Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group offers these resources to those who wish to transition from a for-profit to a nonprofit career. You will find tools, resources, and helpful articles to help you through the transition.

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Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders

Bridgespan has created Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders as a guide to help nonprofits think differently about leadership development.

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Independent Contractor or Employee

IRS publication 1779 can help you answer this question.

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Good in Theory, Problems in Practice
Young professionals’ views on popular leadership development strategies

YNPN’s recent report Good in Theory, Problems in Practice looks at the five most common recommendations emerging from research on nonprofit sector leadership trends through the eyes of young nonprofit professionals.

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Executive Transitions
Resources for staff and board

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Making the Right Hire
Assessing a candidate’s fit with your nonprofit

The candidate’s qualifications and skills might match perfectly to your job description, but what about her “personal style”? The personal style of a prospective employee—how she works and communicates—also should influence who fills the job.

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Tips to Consider on a For-Profit to Nonprofit Job Transition

Alison Green has identified eight excellent rules for people considering switching from employment in the for-profit world to working for a nonprofit. Most, if not all, of these rules will be instantly recognizable to seasoned nonprofit professionals.

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Nonprofit Job Description Samples

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What You Need to Know About Nonprofit Executive Compensation
IRS rules for nonprofit CEO salaries

This report outlines what the IRS permits in setting nonprofit executive compensation, the consequences of failing to comply with the regulations, how nonprofit board members can protect themselves and the organizations they serve, the kind of data compensation decisions should be based on, and the importance of reporting compensation accurately in annual IRS filing.

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Evaluating the Executive Director

Read these resources to get grounded in the evaluation process:

“Evaluating the Executive Director,” Blue Avocado

“Executive Director Evaluation Survey Form,” Blue Avocado.

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Succession Planning

Nonprofits that proactively prepare for a leadership transition, especially for long tenured or founding executives, pave the way for new leadership to step in and succeed.  Read Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits, a report by CompassPoint’s Tim Wolfred.

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Hiring a Consultant

Nonprofit managers must be cautious when hiring consultants. The first step is to determine whether the organization needs help from an outside expert. Next are decisions around carrying out the search process, consultant selection and relationship negotiation. Any organization can do this but it is helpful to get some guidance about this process. On this page you will find links to several useful resources to help you with this process.

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The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources: Managing Your Employees & Volunteers
by Jan Masaoka

This book is a practical, easy-to-use resource for anyone— experienced or not—who is in charge of human resources at a nonprofit. It focuses on HR issues unique to nonprofits and their employees, many of whom work with vulnerable populations.

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