HR Book for Non-HR People incl EDs, Supervisors, Boards

While there are many books written on HR, almost none focus on nonprofits or address the unique issues and cultures in community nonprofits (for instance, the fact that in most organizations there isn't enough budget for a full-time, credentialed HR director).

My newest book, The Nonprofit's Guide to Human Resources: Managing Your Employees & Volunteers, could have been titled "Everything You Need to Know About HR in Nonprofits." It's truly focused on HR from a nonprofit perspective, and it's written for everybody but the full-time HR professional.

HR really is different in nonprofits, and here are some of the ways:

So many people -- from "Accidental HR Managers" to executive directors to employment lawyers to HR directors in organizations large and small -- have contributed to this book. Even though I wrote it, I have to admit I am encouraging people to buy and read this book. For one thing, both of the HR attorneys who write Blue Avocado's "Ask Rita" column are advisers! It's available from the publisher, the well-known legal-oriented Nolo Press ( here or Amazon ( here. Thanks!

Comments (3)

  • Hello, Jan. Is there a list of non-profit agencies that use HR personnel on a full-time basis? Thank you for the comparison chart. That has never occurred to me. What a concept and insightful. Thank you for your time in this matter. Happy Holidays from Alaska! Take care. Rosella Young, AA-1 Designs -

    Dec 01, 2011
  • Anonymous

    Amen, sister! Donors and nonprofits are partners in mission fulfillment. Sure, we have to make sure we're doing what the donors approve of (or at least tolerate) because we live in the real world and we need them with us, but the community is our client.

    Oct 20, 2012
  • Anonymous

    Hmm that's good for us. It is truly focused on HR from a nonprofit perspective for the every body who is full time professional because we live in the real world.

    Jun 07, 2014

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