August 24, 2021
What nonprofit employees really want: NFPN survey reveals a demand for flexibility, remote work and higher pay if you want them to stay
HR experts predict Central Indiana nonprofits will need to be creative in combating high employee turnover
by Shari Finnell, editor/writer, Not-for-profit News 

(First in a series of articles about Charitable Advisors’ NFPN “How Are You Doing?” survey)

Many nonprofit employees in Central Indiana appear to be dissatisfied, with 40 percent reporting that they’re likely to change jobs in the next 90 days, according to a Not-for-profit News survey of 461 respondents. Of those, 21 percent said there’s a 50 percent chance they would change jobs and 20 percent rated that possibility as “very likely” — at least a 70 percent chance.

That number shifts from 40 percent to nearly 54 percent when the timeline for a potential job change is expanded to “within the next 12 months.” According to the 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, voluntary turnover — situations in which employees choose to leave their jobs — is typically 25 percent.

When asked what mattered to them most in a job, survey respondents cited flexible schedule (68 percent), higher pay (57 percent) and remote work (47 percent) as their top three criteria. 

One survey respondent said, “Don’t make me come back to the office more. I am far more productive at home. There is no need to commute 1.5 to 2 hours in a day to attend a 1-hour meeting. If virtual worked at the height of the pandemic (when you wanted it) then it can still work now (when I want it).

Another said, “The culture at my institution is completely broken. Trust between the staff and leadership at the senior and board level has fully dissolved. Within my own department I don't feel like there are advancement opportunities for me, but more broadly, many staff feel discouraged, undervalued, and heartbroken over continued institutional shortcomings. If my employer were to provide a clear advancement plan for me and work towards more transparency between leadership and the staff, I would love to stay.”

Burnout was cited as a major problem by numerous survey respondents. One employee responded, “Get me help. I cannot do this alone and I am drowning,” while another commented that they needed “more help in the office and fewer long nights.”

The survey findings reflect recent trends throughout the state of Indiana, according to Megan Nail, vice president, Total Rewards Practice, for First Person Advisors, and state director for the HR Indiana Society for Human Resource Management.

“I hear from HR professionals and employers throughout the state of Indiana, and what they're dealing with,” Nail said. “The pandemic has impacted mental health, wages and our ability to recruit and retain employees. I have never seen anything like this in the 20 years that I've been in the profession.”

Chelsea DuKate, founder and HR people consultant for Red Envelope Consulting, said employers will need to consider remote work as the new normal — not the exception in the coming years.

3 strategies to keep your valued employees
by Natalie Thompson, HR consultant, VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm

Are you paying fair wages to your employees? Do the wages motivate your employees? Find out by classifying or ranking the job positions in your workplace.

1. You can use several ranking plans:

a. Rank by market. You compare each worker's position to a similar position within the job market. Be careful. Compare job duties, not job titles.

Example: Is the position of customer service representative in your organization worth more or less than what the average customer service representative makes at other organizations?

b. Rank by evaluation. You give a title to each position and rate one position against the others.

Example: Is a customer service representative more important than an administrative assistant, a supervisor, a bookkeeper?

c. Rank by job duties. You break down each job into a cluster of job skills and duties, then award points to these different skills. Add them up, figure out which positions have the most points and deserve the most pay. This method works best for smaller and newer businesses or organizations where each employee will likely wear several different "hats."

Example: A customer service representative in your organization not only answers customer requests. He or she also checks on orders and makes suggestions on inventory. This person comes in on Saturdays and prepares reports for accounting’s use. How do these skills compare with those of other positions?

2. Involve employees in your ranking plan:

Make sure your employees understand that a wage and salary ranking plan will make fair and equitable wages. Answer their questions early.

Lilly Endowment Inc. has named attorney Jennett Hill as its new president, effective February 2022. Hill will fill one of the positions held by Clay Robbins, who will remain CEO and chairman. — Indianapolis Business Journal
Community Fairbanks Recovery Center has named Cathy Boggs as executive director. Boggs most recently served as executive director for Community Health Network’s Behavioral Health Services. — Inside Indiana Business
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has named Lora Hoover as president and CEO. Hoover was previously director of development at Kiwanis Children’s Fund.
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra has promoted Cara Pittenger to executive director. Pittenger previously was director of operations for the organization.   
Indy Women in Tech has hired Melissa Jacobs as executive director. Jacobs previously served as a senior vice president for Group1001. — Inside Indiana Business
The Clowes Fund has hired Juan Galeano as its Indianapolis-based program officer. Galeano previously worked as a consultant for The Cleveland Foundation.
Child Advocates has hired Steven Stolen as director of external relations. Stolen previously served in leadership roles for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indy Chamber and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. 
The Arc of Indiana Master Trust has promoted Laura Gadberry to senior trust account manager. Gadberry previously served as trust account manager and trust administrative assistant.  
United Way of Central Indiana has announced grants totaling $7.5 million for 25 accredited community organizations as part of The Family Opportunity Fund, one of three initiatives aimed at reducing generational poverty in Central Indiana. See recipients  

RecycleForce has received a $4.5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor's Young Adult Reentry Partnership program. The organization will use the funds to provide training and employment opportunities for young people in the justice system in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Gary. Read

The Zotec Foundation has issued 20 grants totaling $500,000 to Indiana nonprofits serving youth. The grants of $25,000 for each organization will support efforts focused on mentoring, healthy outcomes, and information technology. Read

The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis has invited local non-profit organizations that serve children to apply for annual grants. In 2021, $29,000 was awarded to 12 local organizations. Submissions for 2022 are due Sept. 1. Learn more and apply 

The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 is transitioning its 10-digit phone number to an easy to remember three-digit 9-8-8 hotline. The Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction has been tasked with overseeing the planning and implementation of the new hotline in Indiana. 

The Kendrick Foundation has announced a three-year commitment to improve the mental health of Morgan County residents through a partnership with Adult & Child Health, Centerstone Indiana, and the county’s four public school systems. Read

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Host successful fall fundraising events with confidence webinar on Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m. Understand the current state of nonprofit events — what’s currently working, and what considerations your organization should weigh when deciding how you can make the biggest impact. Presented by Network for Good. Cost: Free. Register

Have a legal question? Local attorneys will provide free legal advice to the community about various issues, from landlord/tenant issues to child custody and bankruptcy. Talk with the attorneys by phone on Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. Call (317) 269-2000 or learn more

Strategic planning in uncertain times webinar on Sept. 17 at noon. For many organizations, COVID-19 presented serious challenges, but it also presented opportunities to reevaluate and redefine what is possible. Learn recent trends in strategic planning needed to move forward despite continued uncertainty. Presented by Hedges, hosted by National Bank of Indianapolis. Cost: Free. Register

Effective staff and board roles webinar on Sept. 23 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Maximize the strengths and effectiveness of executive and board leadership through a better understanding of the complementary yet distinct roles that staff and board members play in nonprofit organizations. Hosted by Hedges, with presenting sponsors Faegre Drinker and Katz, Sapper and Miller and supporting sponsor FirstPerson Advisors. Cost: $60. Register  

6 weeks to a successful #GivingTuesday campaign webinar on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Learn creative ideas and expert tips on everything from communications and enlisting peer-to-peer ambassadors to incorporating virtual strategies and following up with donors. Presented by Nonprofit Tech for Good. Cost: Free. Register

The Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute training experience is accepting applications for its 2022 class. The training, with access to top thought-leaders, is ideal for senior leaders and board members in philanthropy, and those seeking to hold executive roles in the future. Applications are due Oct. 28. Apply
United Way of Central Indiana is hosting a Go All IN event to provide 700 homebound seniors with resources they otherwise would not be able to afford. Volunteers are needed to make the care kits on Sept. 9. Register
Nonprofit organizations are vulnerable to fraud or errors in the organization’s financial statements. Fraudsters, scammers, and even employees can take advantage of distracted organizations. 
Nonprofits rarely highlight the volunteer work their employees do for other organizations, but a Generocity survey found many nonprofit workers volunteer regularly and purposefully. 
VonLehman CPA Advisory Firm  Right pay motivates employees
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Space available for nonprofit in Fountain Square area

Rental spaces available for nonprofits in newly renovated 6,200-square-foot building at 2119 Prospect St. Available as a single space or two spaces with designated entrance and bathrooms, HVAC and common areas, with parking in an adjacent lot. Buildout to suit. Contact Harold Miller, 317-753-2034.

Could you lead an organization that has assisted four thousand victims of crime and abuse victims each year and helps them move forward or start in a new life? Do you feel passionate about advocating on behalf of marginalized and traumatized individuals? Prevail has offered a full range of comprehensive, restorative services to victims for the past 35 years and is a recognized leader in victim advocacy. We empower victims of crime and abuse on their path to healing, while engaging the community to support safe, healthy relationships. Programs and services including housing opportunities are offered to teens and adults along with their children. 

Would you like to help transform the lives of children with motor challenges and celebrate alongside families as their children achieve various developmental milestones such as walking, talking, and other self-help skills. You can lead an organization that offers the only Conductive Education program in the state of Indiana. The Jackson Center equips children with motor challenges associated with cerebral palsy, brain injury, and stroke with the physical ability and confidence to attain the highest quality of independent life. Our primary focus is the practice of Conductive Education, which develops motor skills through repetition, peer interaction, and positive reinforcement while integrating with traditional therapy.
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