Trends & Issues

Compensation data: How to make it work for your organization

Equipped with knowledge of the wider compensation landscape, organizations can ensure that they compensate employees in ways that are both competitive and aligned with their organizations’ objectives. More »

Moving forward with nonprofit labour market information

While finding LMI on nonprofits using business and labour surveys often proves difficult, the Canadian System of National Accounts provides data on these institutions. This report provides an overview of these data and recommendations about moving forward with data development based on the findings of the HR Council’s LMI project and the discussions of a stakeholder panel. More »

A dialogue about compensation survey data

On April 7, 2011 representatives of nine environmental nonprofits gathered in Toronto via web conference to discuss the preliminary results of the TREC 2011 Salary and Benefits Survey. The participants in this discussion are people who filled in the questionnaires and will use the survey data in the course of their work. More »

Employment trends in Non Profit Institutions Serving Households: Nonprofit health and welfare organizations

A significant proportion of NPISH organizations are engaged in providing health and social services to individuals; together, welfare organizations and health services make up 30% of employment in NPISH. This report examines this segment of the nonprofit sector in greater detail using data obtained from Statistics Canada. More »

Employment trends in Non Profit Institutions Serving Households, 1997-2009

Non Profit Institutions Serving Households (NPISH) is a subset of nonprofits that make up 22% of the nonprofit sector by GDP. NPISH includes organizations that do not generate profits for their owners, are independent from government and provide services to individuals for free or for nominal fees. The category does not include organizations in the broader nonprofit sector - hospitals, colleges and universities - and nonprofits that charge market rates for their services. More »

Professional development in the nonprofit sector: What's the demand?

Professional development in the nonprofit sector is a vital tool for strengthening organizational effectiveness in the face of continuous change. It stands against a backdrop in which community needs are many, resources are few and both funding and policy parameters are continuously in flux. More »

Job satisfaction and employee retention: What's the connection?

Overall job satisfaction is reflected in three indicators of employee retention: whether employees expect to resign from their jobs in the coming year; whether or not they are currently looking for a new job; and their commitment to the organization they work for. More »

The art of performance management, nonprofit style

Performance management is important because it is a process that not only evaluates performance, but also motivates and engages employees by providing feedback and goal setting opportunities. When done well, the process helps to align individual behaviour with the organization’s goals, improving the work environment and meeting employees’ desires to receive feedback. More »

Money matters: Compensation in the nonprofit sector

Comparative compensation information makes it easier for employers to target salary levels, assess existing salaries, determine their market position, and to determine what the wage gap is relative to other sectors. Access to information about compensation also helps employees negotiate for better wages and benefits and to make informed career decisions. More »

Small nonprofits: A big part of our sector

Employees of small nonprofits are committed to the missions of their organizations: they believe in their organizations’ causes and derive a lot of satisfaction from their work. While job satisfaction is generally high among those who work for nonprofit organizations (4.25 out of 5 on average), those who work for small organizations report even higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs (4.4 on average). More »

Gender mix in the nonprofit sector

The nonprofit sector's labour force is predominantly female: three quarters of those working in the sector are women. In most areas of the sector however, men occupy a disproportionate number of senior management positions, while women are overrepresented in administrative and support staff positions. A notable exception to this trend is the health and social services sector, where women are better represented in senior positions. More »

A portrait of students considering the nonprofit sector

Students interested in nonprofit careers are more likely than other students to choose studies that align with their interests and abilities, and significantly more likely to choose studies that lead to a career that allows them to make 'a positive impact.' Also, students rated personal relationships as most influential in their career choice process. Acquaintances already working for the company, professors and parents were considered more influential than career centre advisors or co-op advisors. More »