Fund development is one of the greatest challenges nonprofits face, beginning with staffing their head fundraiser: the Development Director, commonly known as the position with the most job turnover.
Jessica Piccola, on November 12, 2014
Rebecca Wyatt, on October 15, 2014
Hire for passion and intensity; there is training for everything else.
- Nolan Bushnell, technology pioneer
Whether or not you agree with Mr. Bushnell’s hiring practices, a well-developed nonprofit staff training program is a worthwhile investment which will improve the overall outcomes of your organization.
According to research, high-performing companies, on average, spend significantly more on training - and that spending is paying off! Effective employee training improves employee recruitment since job seekers are concerned with opportunities for learning and development. It also improves employee retention.
As reported in the Harvard Business Review:
Dissatisfaction with some employee-development efforts appears to fuel many early exits...[Workers are] not getting much in the way of formal development, such as training, mentoring, and coaching—things they...value highly.
In fact, according to the 2014 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey, 1 in 5 nonprofits indicated that high turnover has been their biggest employment challenge. While 19% of organizations identify the inability to promote or advance top performing staff as their main challenge.