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 (www.nolo.com) here or Amazon (www.amazon.com) here. Thanks!