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Workers in Nonprofits

Nearly eight percent of employees in Washington work in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit, for-profit, and government agencies alike are subject to employer compliance requirements and administrative needs that align with their stage of organizational development. Nonprofit leaders and workers are usually focused on serving their communities, not on compliance and administrative requirements related to operating a small business. Limitations on time, funding, and technical knowledge make it challenging to navigate and follow employer laws, rules, and regulations.

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People matter and your nonprofit workers are your most valuable asset. Workers in Nonprofits pulls together information customized to nonprofits to help employers navigate the lifecycle of their workers. There are many components to employer compliance and no one way to support your workers. This resource provides tools you can use throughout a worker’s journey with your nonprofit.

Workers in Nonprofits Guide

Workers in Nonprofits Guide

Download the Workers in Nonprofits Guide for all the activities, worksheets, and reflection questions in one convenient PDF.


What We Cover in Workers in Nonprofits

Start the Workers in Nonprofits Course to work through the material in interactive lessons including videos, activities, and more.


Start by learning about the nonprofit worker lifecycle, including who is involved and why it is important to your organization


Make sure your organizational needs, worker opportunities, and your employer philosophy are aligned

Attract & Recruit

Find talented workers that are right for your nonprofit

Hire & Onboard

Set your workers up for success

Develop & Adapt

Create an environment for workers to do their best work


Work to make departures more positive for both the worker and nonprofit

Document Vault

Check out these documents and templates to deepen your learning and help put what you learned into practice.

Workers in Nonprofits Guide

Download the Workers in Nonprofits Guide for all the activities, worksheets, and reflection questions in one ...

Overtime Salary Threshold Tool

Overtime Salary Threshold Tool from Nonprofit Association of Washington

Sample Whistleblower Policy

Sample Whistleblower Policy from Charity Review Council

Sample Anti-Discrimination Policy

Sample Anti-Discrimination Policy

Sample At-Will Policy

Sample At-Will Employment Policy

Sample Confidentiality Agreement

Sample Confidentiality Agreement from National Council of Nonprofits

Continue Learning

Safety & Health in Nonprofits

Introduction to Employment Standards

English and Spanish versions available.

Voices from the Field: Navigating Current Human Resources Challenges

Washington Cares Fund: Part 1

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This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal or technical advice. If you are unsure about anything covered in Workers in Nonprofits, we suggest that you contact the appropriate agency or seek professional advice.

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