Minor Uptick in Hiring Mirrors Giving USA Numbers, But Recrutiment Still Returning to Pre-Recession Levels

Americans gave 4 percent (.09% adjusted for inflation) more in 2011 compared to 2010, according to Giving USA 2011, the 57th annual report by the Giving USA Foundation and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Donations to charity rose to $298.42 billion, but were still $11 billion below a 2007 record as giving continues to recover from the recession. As organizations weather through the economic challenges, two distinct trends have emerged in executive recruitment: organizations want quality high-level candidates and they want them fast. 

2012 Nonprofit Recruitment Uptick

Marian Alexander DeBerry, Director of Executive Search, Campbell & Company, describes how, “We are seeing cautious confidence in organizations. They are adding to their staff, which represents a big change from a year ago.”

A 2011 survey of executive directors by Nonprofit HR Solutions found that 60 percent of respondents were actively looking for newly available talent, nearly double 2010 totals. Forty-three percent of nonprofits will be hiring new workers throughout this year.

The demand for finding competent and talented high-level executives is higher than it has ever been before. ”Partially, it is because a considerable number of high-level executives have reached a retirement age and many organizations do not have a succession plan in place,” explains Ms. DeBerry. 

“And speed has become an issue as well. More and more often our clients are asking how soon we can close their searches. This has been especially true with organizations that have attempted to conduct a search in-house…they believe they have already lost valuable time.  With our extensive reach into the world of nonprofit leadership, we can help save—or make up for lost—time.”                                                                     

Overall, Campbell & Company has found that nonprofits remain cautiously optimistic in the current philanthropic climate.

“Despite this hopeful spike in recruiting, we are not anywhere near where we were in 2006 – 2007 when hiring was in full swing,” states Ms. DeBerry. “Organizations are being more strategic about what positions they need to fill and more demanding about the type of people they’re looking to hire.”

For more information on Campbell & Company’s Executive Search services, contact Marian Alexander DeBerry.

For complete Giving USA report information, please visit Giving USA.

About Campbell & Company

Campbell & Company is a national consulting firm offering advancement planning, fundraising, marketing communications and executive search services to nonprofit organizations in nearly every sector. Through thirty-six years and more than a thousand engagements, we helped our clients anticipate and manage the challenges of the philanthropic marketplace. Our offices are located in Chicago, Boston, Portland, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC. For more information, please call toll-free (877) 957-0000, email info@campbellcompany.com or visit www.campbellcompany.com.  

About Giving USA Reports 

Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is published by Giving USA FoundationTM and is a public service initiative of the Giving Institute. Giving USA is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in America. For more information, visit www.GivingUSAReports.org.

About Giving USA FoundationTM 

Advancing the research, education and public understanding of philanthropy is the mission of Giving USA Foundation, founded in 1985 by the Giving Institute. Headquartered in Chicago, the Foundation publishes data and trends about charitable giving through its seminal publication, Giving USA, and quarterly reports on topics related to philanthropy. Visit www.GivingUSA.org for more information.  

About The Center on Philanthropy 

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is a leading academic center dedicated to increasing the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice worldwide through research, teaching, training and public affairs programs in philanthropy, fundraising and management of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/