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A blog for those interested in what affects, motivates and drives the New York City Nonprofit Sector — written by CRE’s crackerjack consulting team. We hope you use this space to share your thoughts, ask questions and engage in conversations about our city, social justice and the nonprofit sector.

HR Without HR, Part 4: Employing Fair, Consistent, and Rigorous Practices

By Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant - Organizations must develop systems that promote fairness and consistency in all decisions related to people because without them productivity and morale will plummet. In addition, ensuring fair and consistent practices will most likely keep organizations from unintentionally breaking the law.

What gets in the way of being fair?


HR Without HR, Part 3: Putting the Right People in the Right Place Doing the Right Things

By Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant - One very important aspect of a nonprofit leader’s job is to align the organization’s resources in service of the mission. And critical resources in this regard are the people, the staff. When staff’s professional needs are met in meeting the organizations mission, it’s a perfect fit! When an organization is structured to accommodate people, it often spells disaster! This is not to say that people don’t matter – in fact because they matter so much, it’s important to place them within the organization doing the things they are most capable of and motivated to do.   Read more >>

HR Without HR, Part 2: Tips For Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Staff

By Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant - One of the most fundamental and extremely critical functions of managing your human resources is recruitment. When a job opens up, it really is an opportunity to assess whether or not this is a position that is needed or is still relevant to the organization. In addition, by hiring the “right” candidate for the job you get an infusion of fresh ideas, perspective, and energy. In order to be done right this function needs to be given the critical attention it deserves. Here are some tips to engage in effective recruiting:


HR Without HR

By Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant - When nonprofit organizations are created, the emphasis and focus resides on getting the work done, fulfilling the mission by providing programs, and/or services that serve the needs of the clients and communities. Hiring program staff to do the work is priority and, when resources permit, staff expansion happens in the form of hiring fundraising personnel and maybe someone to manage finances. Most nonprofits do not have the capacity to hire a staff person dedicated to the HR function (with the training and skills necessary to manage this critical function well).   Read more >>

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