A recent survey of 58 nonprofit organizations has shed light on the current state of employee benefits in the sector. The results offer valuable insights for organizations looking to attract and retain top talent while balancing their budgetary constraints.

Key Findings:

  1. benefits surveyHealth Coverage: An overwhelming 93% of surveyed organizations provide health insurance, with nearly half covering 100% of the costs. This demonstrates the sector’s commitment to employee well-being.
  2. Dental and Vision: The majority of nonprofits (91% and 88% respectively) offer dental and vision coverage, rounding out a comprehensive health benefits package.
  3. Retirement Planning: 84% of organizations provide retirement plans, helping employees secure their financial futures.
  4. Professional Development: 61.4% of respondents offer funds for employee professional development, investing in their workforce’s growth and skills.
  5. Stability in Benefits: 78% of organizations have maintained consistent benefits over the past two years, suggesting a level of stability in the sector.

These findings highlight the nonprofit sector’s efforts to provide competitive benefits packages, even among smaller organizations. With 88% of surveyed nonprofits employing fewer than 50 people, it’s clear that size doesn’t necessarily dictate the quality of benefits offered.

For nonprofit leaders, this data can serve as a benchmark for evaluating their own benefits packages. It also underscores the importance of comprehensive benefits in attracting and retaining talented professionals in the competitive nonprofit landscape.

As the sector continues to evolve, staying informed about benefit trends will be crucial for organizations aiming to balance their mission-driven work with the need to support and nurture their most valuable asset – their employees.

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The Center for Nonprofit Advancement celebrates Pride Month 2024 while recognizing the complex landscape of LGBTQ+ rights and representation in today’s world. 

As rainbow flags adorn storefronts and corporate logos, we must remember that Pride began as a protest. While increased visibility is positive, the commercialization of Pride often overshadows the ongoing struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community. True allyship extends beyond a month of colorful marketing campaigns. 

Activists like Jennicet Gutiérrez continue to fight tirelessly for justice, particularly for often-overlooked groups like LGBTQ+ immigrants. Andrea Jenkins, as the first openly transgender Black woman elected to public office in the U.S., reminds us of the importance of diverse representation in politics and the ongoing work needed to achieve it. 

The intersectional advocacy of individuals such as Blair Imani highlights how LGBTQ+ rights intersect with racial justice and religious freedom. Alok Vaid-Menon’s art challenges us to think beyond binary concepts of gender and sexuality, pushing for a more nuanced understanding of identity. 

We’d like to contribute to the call for sustainable allyship – a year-round commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ rights and individuals. This means: 

  1. Supporting LGBTQ+-owned businesses beyond June 
  1. Advocating for inclusive policies in workplaces and communities 
  1. Amplifying LGBTQ+ voices, especially those from marginalized groups 
  1. Educating ourselves and others about LGBTQ+ history and current issues 
  1. Challenging discriminatory practices and legislation 

As Raquel Willis reminds us, “There is no liberation for some of us without liberation for all of us.” To protect the progress made and continue moving forward, we must commit to ongoing, meaningful action. As this year’s Pride Month comes to an end, let’s celebrate achievements while rededicating ourselves to the work that remains. True pride is found in sustained commitment to equality and justice for all LGBTQ+ individuals, every day of the year. 

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Discover the importance and benefits of successful onboarding in our guest blog provided by our partner, UST

(A version of this article appeared on the UST website in October 2023)

A well-designed onboarding plan is more than a perfunctory welcome packet with endless bureaucratic documents and a brief meet and greet from days gone by. It provides your nonprofit hiring team and the respective department manager an opportunity to fully integrate new hires into your organization.

Why Does Employee Onboarding for Nonprofits Matter?

An onboarding plan for new hires gives you a window — designated by your leadership and HR teams — to provide an in-depth cultural and productivity-based primer. It serves as a prolonged orientation that focuses on ensuring new employees have all the tools they need to successfully complete daily tasks.

It’s equally important that new team members feel welcome and included by their peers and managers. Onboarding plans can help with this since they are generally designed with equity, diversity, and fairness in mind.

This focus aids in fostering a much-needed and desirable team-oriented environment. It helps individuals learn, acclimate, engage, improve, and thrive. A robust onboarding strategy helps ensure that everyone works together to fulfill your organization’s mission according to its values.

The Definition of an Employee Onboarding Process for Nonprofit Organizations

With helpful resources from trusted sources and partners, along with the following tips, you can create a highly effective onboarding program and get the results you want for your nonprofit organization and your valued employees.

Duration — Think Long Term

Onboarding is best when viewed as a long-range strategy. It isn’t a one-off event that takes one day. Instead, think of it as a continuous process that focuses on the employee’s long-term integration within the organization.

Think of timelines such as our 30-60-90-day plan that sets nonprofit employees up for short-term and long-term success that leads to powerful employee retention.

Mapping out a plan for a new hire’s first three months is crucial. It provides structure, sets expectations, and ensures that both the organization and employee are aligned in their objectives and expectations.

  1. Create a Nonprofit Employee Onboarding Checklist

Planning and organizing a long-range onboarding process will help ensure you don’t miss anything you want to include. This is true for any business, but for nonprofits, where mission and purpose are at the forefront, it’s vital to create an experience that aligns new employees with the organization’s unique vision and goals from day one.

Below are some things to consider when thinking about an onboarding plan that can help to ensure your nonprofit’s onboarding process is comprehensive and effective:

· Job essentials like desk supplies and necessary technology

· Training manuals and sessions

· Welcome package and a daily agenda ready for their first day

· Co-worker introductions

· Job description review

· Administrative paperwork

Adaptability and future growth should be at the core, ensuring that the process remains relevant and effective as organizational needs evolve.

2. Rely on Technology to Streamline the Process

Besides sending out emails and productivity app messages before employees arrive on the first day, you can lean on even more technological tools. For example, you can record complex training modules for processes you and your team know are challenging. This allows new hires to watch on-demand as many times as needed to understand a particular process or function.

3. Create an Employee Handbook

A thoughtful and comprehensive handbook communicates rules and policies. It also instills a sense of the organization’s culture, mission, and values. Best of all, it serves as an easily accessible, consistent, and constant companion which is essential for helping new hires navigate their initial days with greater confidence.

4. Implement a Work Buddy Program

Assigning a new hire to an existing employee to act as their work buddy helps to quickly instill and foster a sense of belonging. It’s no secret that starting a new job can be overwhelming in terms of the work itself and relationship-building. This provides employees a go-to person for information, someone to answer their questions while they acclimate to the team and align them with your mission, and their place in your organization.

5. Make Personal Introductions for Quick Connections and Long-Term Collaboration

Help new hires get to know as many of their colleagues as possible in the onboarding process. When you take the intentional time and energy to introduce new hires to team members and leadership, it helps to establish immediate connections, encouraging an open and collaborative work environment.

6. Set Clear Goals

Clear goals provide direction and purpose for your new hires to aspire to. Ensure that goals are aligned with the organizational objectives and tailored to the employee’s role, promoting a sense of accomplishment and belonging.

7. Establish a Mutual Feedback Loop

Regular constructive feedback reinforces positive behavior and identifies areas for improvement. It’s also a good time to discuss what the employee is doing right and how much you appreciate their efforts. However, feedback should be a two-way conversation, ensuring new hires feel heard and valued. Let them know that their constructive feedback is welcome and helpful to your managers and the organization.

A well-structured onboarding strategy is an excellent way for your organization to welcome new employees into your workforce. It helps make them feel welcomed, valued, and prepared to excel in their new roles. This structured approach not only helps new employees learn and acclimate quickly but also fosters engagement, continuous improvement, and overall success. Execution of a proper onboarding plan ensures everyone is in sync and collaboratively striving to achieve the organization’s objectives and maintain its mission-driven goals.

Ready to take the next step in optimizing your onboarding process? Join UST’s eNews community for more valuable insights and practical tips tailored to nonprofit organizations.

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As nonprofit professionals, we often find ourselves on an emotional rollercoaster, much like Riley in Pixar’s “Inside Out 2.” This sequel offers profound insights into the complexities of human emotions and personal growth that expand on the sentiments and ideas offered in the first movie. Riley’s narrative, if we allow it, may resonate deeply with the teams dedicated to creating positive change in our communities.

The introduction of new emotions in Riley’s mind, particularly Anxiety, mirrors the challenges we face in the nonprofit sector. As our understanding of social issues evolves, we’re constantly confronted with new perspectives that can conflict with our long-held beliefs about what constitutes “good” work or a worthy cause. This evolution can be unsettling, forcing us to reevaluate our approaches and even our core missions.

Anxiety, often viewed negatively, proves to be a double-edged sword in both the movie and our work. When channeled properly, it serves as a powerful motivator, reminding us of the urgency of our missions and spurring us to take actionable steps. How many fundraising deadlines or grant applications have been met thanks to that twinge of anxiety? However, we must be cautious. When anxiety begins to undermine our core values or fixates on factors beyond our control, it can paralyze rather than propel us forward.

The film’s portrayal of Riley grappling with uncertainty over her high school hockey team position echoes the challenges we face in the nonprofit sector. We often encounter situations where funding is cut, policies change, or community needs shift unexpectedly. In these moments, it’s crucial to embrace the challenge rather than resist it. By acknowledging our limitations and finding compassion for ourselves – even in the face of mistakes or unintended negative impacts – we open the door to growth and the possibility of new solutions.

As we watch Riley navigate the emotionally fraught experience of being a teenager, we’re reminded of our own journeys in the nonprofit world. We grow, we change, and sometimes our core memories – or core beliefs about our work – need to be reevaluated. This process can be uncomfortable, but it’s essential for personal and professional growth.

In conclusion, “Inside Out 2” offers a powerful metaphor for the emotional journey of nonprofit work. By embracing our full range of emotions, including anxiety, and practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, we can navigate the complex landscape of social change more effectively. Let’s take inspiration from Riley’s journey and continue to grow, adapt, and make a positive impact in our communities, even when the path forward isn’t always clear. 

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Monday, June 10, 2024


Washington, D.C. – Monday, June 10, 2024 – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Martha’s Table to provide intensive, customized capacity-building support to 14 nonprofit organizations. This initiative, focusing on organizational assessment, in-depth interviews, and tailored capacity-building plans, aims to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of these vital organizations.

Through this collaboration, we strive to ensure these nonprofits can continue to make a significant impact in their communities. This partnership is part of Martha’s Table’s broader effort, in collaboration with the Greater Washington Community Foundation, to strengthen and support grassroots organizations in Ward 8.

Martha’s Table has announced that 14 high-impact nonprofits in Ward 8 will receive Community Impact Fund grants. These grants, each totaling $15,000, are designed to support innovative solutions to community challenges, enhance organizational infrastructure, and bolster program operations. This funding is made possible through the generous support of local funders dedicated to creating a more just and equitable region.

“The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s strategies to engage and strengthen nonprofits includes collaborations and partnerships.  By joining together, the Center and Martha’s Table can ensure that Ward 8 nonprofits not only sustain their operations, but also have the capability to expand their impact and outcomes,” said Glen O’Gilvie, CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. “We are committed to fostering a vibrant nonprofit sector that is equipped to address the unique challenges faced by people and communities in need.”

The FY23-24 grantees include:

  • A Beautiful Balance, Inc.
  • Anacostia AMP Outreach & Empowerment Center
  • BESTKids, Inc.
  • TheBookshelf Project, Inc.
  • College Tribe
  • Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
  • Fresh Start Project
  • It Takes A Village DC
  • Project Create
  • Recovery Café DC
  • SoulTrak Outdoors
  • TheTraRon Center
  • William Lockridge Community Foundation
  • Women Involved In Reentry Efforts (The WIRE)

These grants will support a range of capacity-building activities and targeted initiatives. The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is excited to work alongside these organizations to help them achieve their goals and maximize their impact.

For more information, please visit Martha’s Table Community Impact Fund Recipients.

Media Contacts:

Center for Nonprofit Advancement:
Ellie Shippey
Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Martha’s Table:
Charlie Gussom
Martha’s Table

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As we enter the season of open enrollment for VitalHealth, the topic of health and wellness is at the forefront here at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. However, amidst the buzz of insurance plans and coverage options, we can’t ignore the pervasive influence of diet culture that often accompanies discussions around health.

Social media is currently flooded with posts and ads promising the “summer body” or “beach body ready.” While these messages may seem harmless, they perpetuate harmful stereotypes and ideals that contribute to a toxic relationship with food, exercise, body image and a misguided definition of healthy living.

It’s time to dismantle these damaging narratives and embrace a holistic approach to health and wellness that acknowledges their intersectionality and impact on individuals and communities.

Health is not solely determined by physical appearance. True health includes mental, emotional, and social well-being, and access to care and wellness resources that support overall wellness. By shifting the focus from narrow beauty standards to a more inclusive definition of health, we can celebrate diversity and promote acceptance of all body types.

We must also recognize systemic barriers that disproportionately affect marginalized communities’ access to care and resources. Issues like food insecurity, lack of affordability, and discrimination contribute to health disparities that can’t be addressed with simplistic “get fit quick” solutions.

As advocates for social change, we must address these inequities and work towards a more just and equitable healthcare system. This means advocating for policies that expand access to nutritious food, affordable healthcare, and culturally competent services, and challenging harmful stereotypes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination.

As we navigate open enrollment and the barrage of messages about achieving the perfect summer body, let’s remember that true health and wellness cannot be attained through quick fixes. Instead, let’s commit to promoting an inclusive and compassionate approach to health—one that honors our diverse bodies and experiences and recognizes the interconnectedness of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Together, we can dismantle diet culture, challenge inequities, and create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of size, shape, or background.

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The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is excited to honor Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. This vibrant celebration highlights the profound impact and enduring legacy of these diverse communities. 

In the realm of civil rights, trailblazers like Fred Korematsu have fought tirelessly for justice and equality, challenging discriminatory practices and reshaping the landscape of civil liberties. Patsy Mink, the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, paved the way for future generations of women in politics with her pioneering spirit. 

 Today, the legacy of activism continues through inspiring leaders such as Ai-jen Poo, whose advocacy for workers’ rights and social justice echoes across the nation. Similarly, Hasan Minhaj’s unique blend of humor and political commentary confronts stereotypes and sparks crucial conversations on issues affecting AANHPI communities. 

 AANHPI Heritage Month is a time to reflect on past achievements and celebrate the rich diversity within the AANHPI community. From Filipino Americans to Native Hawaiians, each group brings unique traditions and perspectives, adding to the vibrant tapestry of American culture.  

As May transitions into June, let us renew our commitment to elevating AANHPI voices and acknowledging their invaluable contributions. By doing so, we move closer to realizing the vision of a diverse and equitable America. In the wise words of Yuri Kochiyama, “We are all part of one another.” This month, let’s honor and celebrate the rich heritage of AANHPI individuals, an essential part of the mosaic that shapes the American experience. 

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Monday, July 31, 2023
Ellie Shippey
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement


Washington, DC – July 31, 2023  – In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships (Serve DC), the Center for Nonprofit Advancement is proud to announce its support in providing capacity-building trainings to four distinguished nonprofit organizations. Under the 2023-2024 AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) cycle, these organizations have been granted $130,000. Their primary focus lies in implementing effective gun violence prevention strategies and interventions within communities of color across the District.

Strategically partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP), Serve DC has actively sought to protect and enhance the lives of men and boys of color through meaningful relationships and impactful interventions. The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, renowned for its expertise in empowering nonprofits, will facilitate capacity-building trainings for the selected grantees. Through these trainings, the organizations will gain best practices for recruiting, training and retaining a diverse community of volunteers, elevating their ability to make a lasting impact in their respective communities.

The following esteemed nonprofit organizations, selected through a rigorous competitive process, will be recipients of funding and capacity-building resources through Serve DC’s 2023-2024 Volunteer Generation Fund program:

  • Alliance of Concerned Men
  • East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership
  • NAMC, Jobs Not Guns
  • Opportunities for Deserving Children, Inc.

“The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is proud to engage the Volunteer Generation Fund grantees with resources and capacity building to increase their outcomes, combating gun violence and promoting safety in communities,” expressed Glen O’Gilvie, CEO at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. “We are empowering nonprofit organizations to expand their reach and enhance their volunteer management practices. Together with Serve DC, we are working towards creating a safer and stronger DC.”

The Volunteer Generation Fund, an AmeriCorps funded grant program, empowers organizations to broaden their reach by implementing successful recruitment, retention, and utilization of volunteers. In 2023, AmeriCorps made over $8 million available for organizations across the nation to strengthen volunteer management practices.

For more information about Serve DC’s Volunteer Generation Fund, please visit HERE.

About The Center for Nonprofit Advancement:

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is a leading capacity-building organization dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. With a focus on professional development, networking, and advocacy, the Center equips nonprofit leaders and organizations with the tools and resources they need to achieve their missions and drive positive change in the community.

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The Center recognizes and commemorates Disability Pride Month— a significant occasion to not only acknowledge, but also celebrate the rich tapestry of human diversity, as disability is an integral part of the human experience that nearly all of us will encounter at some point in our lives. It’s a fundamental identity that profoundly shapes how individuals perceive and interact with the world.

During this special month, we take the time to remember and reflect upon the immense strength and determination exhibited by disability activists, who have often been part of a less visible minority group. One such inspiring figure is Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the Special Olympics, an organization that provides sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics has grown to become a global movement, promoting inclusion, acceptance, and dignity for individuals with disabilities. Similarly, the legacy of Judith Heumann, a lifelong disability rights activist, stands as a testament to the power of advocacy in creating a more inclusive world. With key roles in various disability advocacy organizations and as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, Heumann has been instrumental in driving positive change.

Disability Pride Month originated as an annual celebration to honor the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. This landmark legislation has been pivotal in advancing the rights and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. In July 2023, the Center for Accessibility at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hosted a series of enlightening events to commemorate the ADA and promote inclusivity. These events included “From Dr. Strange to Bridgerton: Unexpected Disability Narratives in Popular Culture,” where Tolonda Henderson, a PhD student specializing in disability, race, and young adult literature, discussed representations of disability in modern media. Additionally, the “Smart Home Exhibit” showcased cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance accessibility in daily home activities, fostering independence and inclusivity.  We hope our members were able to support the work of institutions like the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library who share the resources and education required to expand our perspectives on intersectional issues like ability.

As we approach the conclusion of Disability Pride Month, it is essential to reaffirm our commitment to promoting true allyship. The journey to create a fully accessible and equitable world for individuals with both visible and invisible disabilities is ongoing. Organizations play a crucial role in ensuring that those who are differently-abled are given equal opportunities and the necessary tools to thrive, just like their able-bodied counterparts. Through fostering inclusive environments, we can empower individuals with disabilities and celebrate the richness of diversity within our communities.

For parties interested in finding out if their website is accessible to people with disabilities, you can attend this upcoming training!  


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Friday, June 30, 2023
Ellie Shippey
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement


Washington, DC – June 30, 2023  – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce the recipients of the Board Leadership Award. Out Teach has been honored as the Winner of this esteemed award, while NVRDC has been recognized as the Honorable Mention.

Out Teach is a national education non-profit built to inspire and prepare today’s elementary students to become the next generation of fearless innovators. Designed by teachers, for teachers, the organization delivers personalized hands-on training, collaborative partnerships, and easily accessible resources that equip thousands of teachers in schools across the US to transform the outdoors into active learning labs. They are creating a world where every student–regardless of learning ability, race, zip code, gender, or access to resources– can step into the wonder of science.

NVRDC, established in 2012, is an organization dedicated to providing essential support and services to individuals affected by crimes in Washington, DC. Their mission is to empower victims through advocacy, case management and legal assistance.

The Board Leadership Award, initiated in 2011, aims to acknowledge exceptional board leadership within the Greater Washington area. It celebrates boards that go above and beyond recommended standards, bringing new levels of leadership that result in positive changes and notable successes.

The selection process for this award is thorough, including nominations, interviews and site visits, ensuring the recognition of exemplary nonprofit board leadership.

“We extend our congratulations to Out Teach for their exceptional achievement in winning the Board Leadership Award and for their impactful work in empowering educators and students,” said Sean Sweeney, Director of Education and Special Programs at the Center. “We also commend NVRDC for their significant contributions and recognize them as the Honorable Mention this year, providing crucial support to individuals affected by crimes within our Community.”

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will share the 4th Annual Board Best Practices Video Shorts in the near future.

For more information, please visit nonprofitadvancement.org

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