Recession Pressures on Nonprofit Jobs

from The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Charities Say Staff Shortages Hamper Their Ability to Deliver Services

Nearly 40 percent of American charities say they have too few staff members to effectively deliver their programs or services, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

The survey also found that about one out of every three nonprofit groups had cut staff size in recent months and that many more had taken a variety of steps, including increasing employee workloads, that usually strain a work force.

… Nearly 40 percent of the respondents had instituted a salary freeze, and 36 percent had postponed filling new positions. About one-quarter of the groups had increased the number of hours employees work, and the same proportion of respondents had reduced benefits or cut them altogether.