No matter the size of your nonprofit organization, it’s important to have an employee handbook. Before issuing or revising your employee handbook, be sure to have an attorney look at it. The following links include more information and include sample handbooks.
- Employee Handbook – National Association of Veteran’s Research and Education Foundation
- Employee Handbooks – Business.gov
Starting a new job can be a somewhat a daunting process, therefore it’s essential that you provide an orientation to all new employees so they can feel welcome and comfortable with their new responsibilities.
- Ensuring New Employees’ Success: Best Practices for Employee Onboarding – Guidestar
- Practical Tips for New-Employee Orientation – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit: Managing a New Employee’s Transition – Bridgespan
Hiring great employees can ensure success for your organization. Here is some information to help you help you hire the best possible staff.
There may be a time when you have to terminate an employee either for poor performance or for financial reasons. Here are some links that will help you do the process correctly and fairly.
- Employee Terminations: Managing the Riskiest of Employment Relations – Nonprofit Risk Management Center
- Fair, Consistent Personnel Decisions During Economic Crises – Third Sector New England
- Perform Exit Interviews: Exit Interview Questions – About.com
- How Exit Interviews Can Help Charities Improve Conditions for Their Remaining Employees – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Periodic performance evaluations are a good mechanism for giving feedback and assessing goals. Board members should also conduct an evaluation with the Executive Director.
- Performance Evaluations Can Help Workers Improve – and Help Charities Reach Their Goals – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
These links contain sample evaluation forms.
Health care options
Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce 2014- a report and searchable database with salary and benefits information from a range of different types of nonprofits.
Ongoing professional development is essential for staff to grow and learn new skills.
- Employee Training and Development: Reasons and Benefits – Free Management Library
- Training Opportunities for Your Nonprofit – Third Sector New England
MNN has a training and events calendar with information on trainings throughout the state.
MNN members receive 20% discounts on trainings from TSNE, TDC and Zocklein & Associates!
If your organization doesn’t have a training budget, here are a few places that offer free webinars.
Careers in nonprofits
Considering a career in nonprofits? Here is some information about working in the sector, as well as some links to find jobs.
- Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
- Associated Grantmakers
- Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Commongood Careers
- Council on Foundations
- Deep Sweep
- Dot.org Jobs
- Exec Searches
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
- Hire Culture
- Isaacson Miller
- Jobs for Change
- National Council of Nonprofits
- New England Jobs
- Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative
- Nonprofit Professionals
- Nonprofit Times
- Opportunity Knocks
- Philanthropy News Digest
- Providers Council
Other Job Search Resources
The following sites offer tips and resources for your job search.
We all want a more diverse workplace. Here are some ways to go about it.
- Diversity and Inclusion Resources – Third Sector New England
- Achieving Diversity at Nonprofit Organizations – Chronicle of Philanthropy
Are you thinking about adding a retirement account as part of your employee benefits package or just need to know more about benefits? The first link contains information about employer requirements under Massachusetts Health Care Reform.
- For the Benefit of Our Workers: The Massachusetts Nonprofit Employee Benefit Study – The Boston Foundation
- Employee Benefits – Free Management Library