The Nonprofit Weekly Digest from LinkedIn for Nonprofits

The LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest

As nonprofits move down the often arduous path toward recovery, the impact on employees should not be overlooked. That’s why the theme of this week’s LinkedIn for Nonprofits weekly digest is nurturing your nonprofit team. 

You’ll find articles exploring ways to boost engagement, create opportunities for team bonding, and show employees you’re invested in their careers. You’ll also discover insights into why a lack of professional support and resources could be eating away at your employee retention rates.

Here are five must-read articles and reports for nonprofits this week:

1. Young Professionals Lacking Resources, Programs, Mentors for Career Advancement (AFP)

Recent research from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) uncovered a significant opportunity for nonprofits to increase engagement, performance, and retention among young fundraisers by offering more tools, programs, and mentorship opportunities. Learn more about the survey results on AFP’s website.

2. Make Time for Small Talk in Your Virtual Meetings (Harvard Business Review)

Making small talk before meetings begin provides an opportunity for leaders and employees to blow off steam, lift spirits, and forge stronger bonds. Unfortunately, the shift to largely virtual meetings has eliminated much small talk. HBR shares a few simple ideas for bringing it back at your organization.

3. Your Team: The Heart of Your Organization (The INS Group)

When nonprofit employees feel empowered to do their best work, organizations thrive. The INS Group explores some inexpensive steps nonprofits can take to foster greater employee engagement and create an organizational culture that allows people to shine. 

4. How to Apply Design Thinking to Your Employee Promotion Process (Classy)

While you might not be in a position to offer promotions right now, building a more equitable, transparent promotion process can build trust and show employees that your nonprofit is invested in their long-term success. Classy outlines a few steps their organization took to transform the promotion process using design thinking.

5. How to Be a Nonprofit Leader in the Digital Age (NonProfit PRO)

Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Funds2Orgs, outlines a few ways that nonprofit leaders can position their organization for success in today’s world—from recognizing the importance of emotional intelligence to empowering employees to flex their creative muscles. 

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