Study shows nonprofits hiring again in 2014

Hiring in the nonprofit sector increased year over year in 2013, with growth projected to continue into 2014.

Nonprofit HR announced the results of its seventh annual "Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey." The study found that more organizations hired in 2013 and fewer plan on cutting jobs this year. Nearly 11 million people are employed by nonprofit organizations in the U.S., which ranks as the third highest sector of employment behind retail and manufacturing respectively, according to a press release. 

In what appears to be a positive trend, only 7 percent of participants planned on eliminating positions within the organization, while just 5 percent of charities projected they would freeze hiring in 2014. Specifically, 45 percent of respondents reported their staff size had increased in 2013. 

Job growth is anticipated to increase in all departments within nonprofits, with direct services likely seeing the highest boost at 42 percent. Program management and support followed at 40 percent, while fundraising and development remain a key focus for charities at 36 percent.

Nonprofits integrate online
An increasing trend with charities is their ability to accept donations online. Donation software is a popular agent for specific groups, and the need to employ tech-savvy individuals is becoming a focus in the sector.

According to the release, charitable organizations are utilizing online recruiting methods to attract qualified young talent.

  • Sixty percent of nonprofits are using LinkedIn to reach out to prospective employees
  • Fifty-five percent of respondents said they used Craigslist. Forty-seven percent of organizations used
  • Forty-three percent and 42 percent of nonprofits used and Facebook, respectively
  • Fifty-two percent of entry-level positions available were filled by recent graduates just entering the workforce

Overall economic impact
The increase in employment is a positive sign for the nonprofit sector. In addition, a recent National Conference on Citizenship study shows that the spike in jobs could lead to a lower unemployment rate in the U.S.

"Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds" showed that increased employment within nonprofits correlated to a lower level of local unemployment. The results suggested that counties with more organizations had fewer individuals without jobs than those with less nonprofits. 

Charities that provided public and social benefits were discovered to provide the strongest regression in unemployment at 0.26 percent, the Nonprofit Quarterly reported, citing the study. Organizations that employ local residents bring economic viability to a region and can help against the negative effects of a recession.

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