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A High Stakes Bet: Contractor or Employee?

Posted by Gary Romano on Aug 9, 2019 12:59:15 PM

Contractors are everywhere in the nonprofit world. When I started working with nonprofit organizations in 1993, almost everyone was an employee, except for the all- too-rare consultants.

Now, it’s hard to find an organization of any size without contractors. They’re not only consultants, but also others who usually bring very specialized skills.

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Topics: Insider, talent, recruiting, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, jobs, human resources

One-on-One Coaching: Not the Only Option

Posted by Gary Romano on Aug 1, 2019 11:49:48 AM

Years ago, I faced a thorny work issue involving a client, and I needed advice. So, I sought the counsel of two other CEOs leading similar organizations. At first, I asked their opinion separately; they both had good questions for me and pushed my thinking. They also had questions of their own—some of which I could help with, but others lay outside my bailiwick. I quickly realized that if the two of them could interact, I could get even better advice for my problem, and knowing their strengths, they could help each other with the problems they were facing as well.

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Topics: Insider, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, strategy, business models

Intellectual Property 101: A Quick Intro for Nonprofits

Posted by Gary Romano on Jun 25, 2019 8:15:00 AM

We hear a lot about intellectual property (affectionately called IP) in  every sector. I almost wrote “except the nonprofit sector,” but that’s no longer the case. In the past two to three years, it’s beginning to pop up more and more—as a recognition of the valuable ideas, services, and concepts that mission-driven organizations are generating across the US and the world.

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Topics: Insider, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, strategy, business models

Are you ready for that fundraising conversation?

Posted by Gary Romano on May 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

I remember my first big fundraising ask. I was an all-too-young Director of Development for a regional human services organization, Westcare. In just a few short months there, I had propelled their grant fundraising to new heights, allowing the organization to meet their goals for service that the leadership thought they would never reach.  

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Topics: Coaching, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, fundraising, strategy

Covering your Assets: Assessing your HR Systems

Posted by Stacey Dailey Roussin on Mar 28, 2019 8:45:00 AM

 When it comes to Human Resources, are you covered? At a recent networking event, a colleague mentioned that because her organization functions with a small staff, she was unsure what formal Human Resources systems were necessary. I shared with her that having a basic system is critical to the effective function of any nonprofit organization, even those with an all-volunteer staff.

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Topics: talent, Coaching, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, strategy

The Place for Profit in a Nonprofit world

Posted by Gary Romano on Mar 5, 2019 8:47:00 AM

It’s time we talked about one of the taboo topics of the nonprofit world: the topic of “profit.” One thing I have learned over my career is that if you’re going to have a viable organization, you’ll need to get used to the word. In fact, this is one of the most important concepts that everyone in the organization, regardless of their role, needs to consider in their decision-making process.

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Topics: Coaching, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, fundraising, strategy, business models

The Power of No

Posted by Gary Romano on Feb 11, 2019 9:39:00 AM

We can find it very easy to feel consumed by our jobs, especially as nonprofit leaders. If you’re like me, you’re extremely passionate about executing your mission, one you consider crucial in today’s world. Yet you may also feel there’s never enough time to do it all, and fires constantly popping up further increase your time demands. Your job’s pull can quickly take over all your time – both professional and personal.

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Topics: Coaching, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know

Do you have a hiring problem?

Posted by Gary Romano on Oct 11, 2018 10:48:00 AM

All too common  story ... I was recently working with the leader of a nonprofit organization who is talking about his latest dilemma: a mid-level manager who is exiting the organization, and both this manager and he were upset.  He was disappointed that the manager was leaving but didn’t think she had lived up to her potential. On the flip side, the manager felt resentful, believing she was hired for a very different job than the one she was required to perform.

When the leader asked me for my advice on what to do next, I suggested the departure is probably mutually beneficial. In truth, both leader and manager would not be able to reconcile. The challenge wasn’t a typical human resources issue about compensation, communications, or relationships.

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Topics: talent, recruiting, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, jobs

The 5 Nonprofit Compensation Trends You Need to Know

Posted by Gary Romano and Abby King on Oct 4, 2018 1:12:39 PM

At least once a week, we’re asked about compensation trends in the nonprofit world.

It really isn’t surprising. Our Lean Recruitment clients want to hire the best talent they can while retaining as much of their hard-earned resources as possible. On the flipside, senior nonprofit leaders searching for their next opportunity through our subsidiary, AccessHR’s value-job search, want to land a rewarding position and fair compensation as well.

Here are five trends in nonprofit compensation we’ve observed in the past three years. We see these trends in the clients we work with most frequently—national, state, and regional organizations providing vital social and education services to vulnerable children, youth, and families. 

1. The Competition Isn’t Regional; It’s National

Currently, the U.S. is both blessed and cursed by a strong national economy. Unemployment has decreased to very low levels, meaning fewer people are seeking jobs; and salaries (especially for senior positions) are increasing. At the same time, the number of nonprofits in existence and their need for highly-qualified employees are also increasing, putting great strain on regional labor pools.

The result? We’re seeing more organizations that could previously fill job openings locally now need to search regionally—or even nationally—to find a strong pool of candidates. And this isn’t just the biggest organizations; it’s small to medium-sized ones, too. Nor is this trend only for new organizations trying to build their brand as an employer; 

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Topics: talent, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, business models, jobs

The Evaluation Trap - A Way Out

Posted by Gary Romano on Jul 25, 2018 9:12:00 AM

When Executive directors and CEOs of nonprofit organizations share their greatest challenges with me, the list of common frustrations can include- fundraising, board development, and effectively managing personnel.    When I start to focus on how to overcome their biggest obstacles, these senior managers begin to realize that one of the biggest hurdles they face was not even on the list, yet it is integral part of all the challenges facing them. The need for data.  The need for data leads directly into the “evaluation trap”.  The good news is there is a solution to this trap, most of nonprofit leadership is simply not aware of it.

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Topics: nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, rapid evaluation, evaluation

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