Community Partnership Initiative 2015
Building Human Resource management capacity for local NPOs
By 2013, LIN began to survey our NPO partners on an annual basis, which allowed us to start tracking trends and identify gaps in capacity. One area where a capacity gap became apparent, both through our analysis of 2014 survey data as well as feedback from CPI 2014 participants, is human resource management
Some of the specific HR management challenges mentioned by our NPO partners in the 2014 annual survey include, but are not limited to:
- Communication with staff and volunteers;
- Setting appropriate expectations for staff and volunteers;
- Building the capacity of staff and volunteers;
- Succession planning;
- How to draft better job descriptions for staff recruitment; and
- Recruiting volunteers, staff and/or board members.
Objectives of CPI 2015
- To facilitate meaningful corporate community engagement through employee volunteering;
- To provide an opportunity for professionals to volunteer their skill sets to support social impact organizations; and
- To build the human resource management capacity of local NPOs.
Call for participation (until 15 July)
Matching process (21 July to 31 July)
Participating NPO's will be asked to complete a survey designed to understand their respective needs and current challenges. Meanwhile, participating companies/volunteers will be asked to complete a different survey designed to assess their current skill sets and strengths.
NPOs and corporate/volunteer teams will be invited to a Meet & Greet event. At the event NPOs and corporate/volunteer teams, in groups of three, will each have a chance to introduce themselves formally and then spend some one-on-one time to talk with each other. By the end of the event, corporate/volunteer teams and NPOs will match themselves and sign a partnership agreement, which will help to facilitate effective communication and collaboration.
HR Capacity- Building workshops (August to September)
The LIN Center for Community Development will work with HR experts to organize 1 to 2 workshops that will address HR challenges and needs as expressed by the participating NPOs in their CPI surveys.
Mentorship program (August to October)
Orientation: Immediately after being matched, LIN will organize a general orientation session for both NPOs and corporate/volunteer teams.
Mentorship: Corporate/Volunteer teams will have 12 weeks to work with their respective NPO partners. LIN recommends that partners work together to undertake the following four steps (in the same order):
- Defining the NPO's HR challenge(s).
- Identify one or more possible actions/solutions to address the NPO's challenge(s).
- Implement one or more action/solution within the CPI timeframe.
- Evaluate the impact of the action(s)/solution(s) taken.
LIN will establish an advisory panel to assist all CPI Partners throughout the program and to help evaluate the outcomes of each collaboration. Panel members may be contacted for advice on goals, KPIs, implementation progress as well as any collaboration or communication challenges faced by NPOs or corporate/volunteer teams. In addition, they will be asked to evaluate the outcomes of each collaboration and to provide feedback to each partner.
Closing Ceremony (October)
LIN will organize a ceremony in early November to recognize the accomplishments of all teams and to share the experiences and results of the partnerships. The three teams receiving the highest scores from the evaluation will be invited to share their experiences during the closing ceremony.
All participating NPOs and corporate/volunteer teams will receive recognition for their efforts and achievements.
Who should participate?
1. NPOs (10)
- At least one staff member responsible for HR at their NPO.
- Able to summarize current HR challenges.
- Willing to commit 2 hours per week over the course of 12 weeks to work with Mentors.
2. Teams of company staff or individuals are encouraged to participate:
- At least three professionals who are experienced and involved in HR.
- Team can summarize their combined HR skill sets and strengths.
- Willing to commit 2 hours per week over the course of 12 weeks to work with NPOs.
You can add real value to the nonprofit sector while capitalizing on this opportunity to connect with peers and nonprofits, expand your networks and enhance your leadership and communication skills.
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