November 15, 2022
More than a pay raise: Retaining Indiana’s nonprofit employees requires a comprehensive wellness approach
Indiana Youth Services Association launches pilot project to address nonprofit youth workers’ challenges
Disengaged, burned out, overwhelmed. Those are the adjectives often used to describe nonprofit employees in today’s work environment.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, the voluntary nonprofit employer turnover rate is at a historic high — outpacing the turnover rate in the overall labor market. In 2022, the nonprofit industry had a turnover rate of 19 percent, compared to 12 percent for the overall labor market.
The challenge of retaining and recruiting nonprofit employees in a highly competitive labor market also comes at a time when nonprofit organizations are dealing with increased demands for services, changes in fundraising, and higher costs driven by inflation.
However, the well-being of nonprofit employees must take a priority, according to David Westenberger, CEO, Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA), a statewide association of 30 Youth Service Bureaus in about 70 counties.
“Within our field, we haven’t done a very good job of taking care of our own people doing the work,” said Westenberger, who has been raising awareness about the need for nonprofit employers to support their employees beyond pay raises and title changes.  “In the field of youth work and social services, people in the field over a long period of time eventually mirror the population they serve more than retain the overall wellness and health that they had early on.”
Without adequate insights about the challenges nonprofit employees face and a comprehensive approach to address them, nonprofit organizations could be undermining their ability to achieve their mission, Westenberger said.
A comprehensive approach to employee wellness
Earlier this year, Westenberger and the IYSA team, launched a pilot project that addresses the overall wellness of nonprofit youth workers. The framework for the project includes the Eight Dimensions of Wellness outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and insights from ACEs (adverse child experiences) training.

Best practices for maintaining dual control signatures
by Horizon Bank
Many nonprofits and businesses rely on dual signatures to control and verify the accuracy of their bookkeeping.

While dual signatures are a strategic method to ensure that your organization’s funds are being used appropriately, banks are not required to verify both signatures. However, there are other internal controls — strategies to keep accurate and verified accounting of how and by whom funds are being used — to maintain your organization’s financial integrity.

Internal control best practices include:

Regularly conducting audits. Prepare a thorough expense sheet and budget for each quarter. Each quarter, audit your books against these materials to verify that funds are being used appropriately. If possible, your organization should audit monthly.

Ensuring that parties whose responsibilities are independent from those responsible for your organization’s daily funds movement have appropriate access via online banking to view statements or transactions within online banking, for example, may be an efficient way to maintain checks and balances and facilitate convenient access for such audits.

Assigning different roles. Different employees should be responsible for recordkeeping, authorization, and custody. The individual signing checks should be different from the employee who maintains transaction records.

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The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute has named Stephanie Wells as president. Wells brings more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and public policy. (Search supported by Charitable Advisors.)
The Little Red Door Cancer Agency has promoted Mandy Pietrykowski to director and chief executive officer. Pietrykowski previously was chief advancement officer.
Lilly Endowment, Inc., has named Julie Whitman as program director in community development. Whitman previously was executive director at the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana.
Medical Mutts Service Dogs has hired Kelsey Burton as director of development. Burton previously was the executive director at Paws and Think, Inc.
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The Central Indianapolis Community Foundation philanthropic collaborative is accepting scholarship applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. The collaborative helps make post-secondary education accessible to anyone who may face barriers to academic success, including undocumented students, students of color, and those who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Apply

Indiana local government officials continue to trust nonprofits, according to a report released by the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUIDownload report

Through gifts to the USA Swimming Foundation, OneAmerica will support a new $1 million initiative to develop learn-to-swim and competitive opportunities in communities served by historically Black colleges and universities.

The Mind Trust, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, has launched the Indiana Learns tutoring platform. The statewide program provides up to $1,000 in grants to eligible families with fourth and fifth grade students who have struggled with math and reading in the wake of the pandemic.

IndyHumane is offering more than 1,000 combined canine and feline vaccinations to pets in Indianapolis free of charge as part of the national Petco Love Vaccine Campaign. Learn more

After 22 years of service with the organizations, Brian Payne has announced his retirement as president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Indianapolis Foundation. Read more
Breaking down barriers with Opportunity Passport™ session on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Tinker House Events, 1101 E. 16th St. Learn about the barriers young adults who have experienced foster care face, including learning how to manage their finances, rent their first apartment, and buy their first car. Presented by Leadership Johnson County. Cost: $65. Register

Mental health stigma in the African American community webinar on Nov. 17 from noon-1:30 p.m. Join a discussion about barriers to mental health care, strategies to reduce stigma, and how to improve engagement in mental health services for the African American community. Presented by Aspin. Register

Transportation equity and the older adult population session on Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m. Learn about public transit accessibility, recommendations, and trends for the older population in Central Indiana and the state. Presented by The Polis Center. Cost: Free Register

Charitable state solicitation registrations: A compliance guide pre-recorded webinar. Learn about charitable state solicitation registration requirements and how online solicitations affect these requirements. Presented by FORVIS. Cost: Free. Watch
Little Wish Foundation is seeking new board members with expertise in accounting, marketing and legal. Little Wish grants wishes to children with cancer to 14 pediatric hospitals in seven states. Send an email for inquiries or learn more
Nine in 10 fundraisers report that unfilled fundraising positions significantly increased their workloads. Similarly, 89 percent agreed that their nonprofit didn’t employ enough people to raise as much as they had the potential to attract.
When it comes to lobbying, 501(c)(3) nonprofits fall into two categories: Those that do and those that don’t. Most don’t for reasons that are mostly off base. Not only is it 100 percent legal, but it’s also how nonprofits can have a bigger impact.
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