Nonprofits Hiring Despite Lagging Economy

Thursday, 08 Sep 2011 09:40 AM

By Greg McDonald

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The U.S. economy is still down but the outlook for hiring among nonprofits is looking up, according to a survey by Idealist.org, which that found that 91 percent of nonprofit organizations plan to maintain or add employees in the next year.
 
Idealist.org, the leading online job search engine for nonprofits, reports that job postings were up 14 percent in August over the same time last year.
 
The increase backed up a survey of 3,000 nonprofits conducted earlier this year, which found that most are optimistic about the future. For example, 47 percent of those surveyed said they also plan to increase salaries between 1 percent and 8 percent, in addition to making new hires.
 
“Even though the economy is slow and unemployment is high, the nonprofit sector has remained surprisingly resilient during the economic downturn, and these findings are supported by increasing number of job postings,” said Idealist.org founder and director Ami Dar.
 
“Throughout the summer of 2011, job postings hit record highs, with more than 10,000 jobs posted in July and August on the Idealist website alone,” Dar said. “This is very encouraging, since the nonprofit sector accounts for almost 10 percent of employment in this country.”

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