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What matters most: The nonprofit workforce speaks

Published on: Apr 25, 2018

Anyone working in the nonprofit world knows the magnetic draw of doing good for others and their communities. But how strong is that attraction once you are in the day-to-day grind of meaningful, yet hard work?

According to our new research, that draw is both powerful and lasting. Our recent survey of purpose-driven professionals found high workplace engagement – nearly three times the national average reported by Gallup – plus healthy satisfaction rates. And they are committed: Nearly 9 in 10 plan to stay in nonprofits for the rest of their careers.

The full results are now available in our new ebook, The nonprofit workforce speaks: Candid insight to attract, engage, and retain top mission-driven talent. Carried out over two months in 2017, the survey asked nonprofit workers how they access and assess career opportunities, pursue professional development, and think about the employers, and sector, they work for.

"This report is good news for nonprofit organizations, demonstrating the commitment of our workforce and the growing demand for purpose-driven careers," said Karen Beavor, CEO of Work for Good. "Nonprofits can capitalize by casting a wider net for talent, and focusing on what makes our workplaces great."

A few survey highlights:

  • 93% feel engaged in nonprofit work (compared to 33% national average)

  • 77% are somewhat or highly satisfied in their current role

  • 88% plan to stay in the nonprofit sector for the rest of their careers

  • 52% are financially uncomfortable

Check out the full report to find out how your sector colleagues are approaching the work, the challenges, and the opportunities involved in a purpose-driven career: Download our ebook right now.

Marc Schultz is communications editor at Work for Good.