Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. are struggling to attract employees and are cutting back on services and positions as a result. Despite wage increases, raises, improved benefits and perks such as flexible working, hybrid and remote work options, nonprofits continue to face an uphill battle in staffing.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that with nonprofits facing a chronic shortage of staff and dwindling ranks, the communities they serve are the first to feel the impact. As inflation rises, prices of essential household items are soaring and there is a growing demand for services. Additionally, already-low government contracts for services fail to pay for the true cost of delivering service. The crisis has also exacerbated nonprofits’ longstanding disadvantage in attracting talent compared with the private sector. Nonprofits face an overall debilitating climate.

A National Council of Nonprofits survey found that one-third of organizations working in health and human services, arts, culture and education have 10 to 19 percent of their positions open, while 42 percent have 20 percent or more of their positions open. Some organizations are discontinuing waitlists for services altogether due to increasingly long waiting periods.

As nonprofits face mounting challenges, they are adopting new strategies to attract employees. Streamlined hiring processes, flexible schedules, greater autonomy, higher salaries, shorter work hours and even discounted housing are some of the perks nonprofits are offering. It appears, however, that the hiring crisis will persist for some time.

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