Independent Sector is excited to partner with the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and the academic journal, Nonprofit Policy Forum, to host the 11th annual Nonprofit Public Policy Symposium, Friday October 14, 1:00-4:00 PM ET. This unique virtual event welcomes you into a community of leading scholars, nonprofit practitioners, community advocates, and regulators who are experts in the field of public policy. While that’s a great reason to attend, there are three additional reasons why you should register right now.
- This year’s theme is “Nonprofits 9 to 5: What a Way to Make a Livin.’” Not only are we paying homage to “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton’s “anthem for the overworked and underpaid.” We’ll also focus on the nonprofit sector’s paid and voluntary workforce and the employment practices of nonprofits – including foundations. Like the song, nonprofit workers have a shared sense of pride, but also shared grievances and the desire for systemic change. Despite the impressive size and impact of the nonprofit workforce, our workforce is relatively invisible to policymakers. Join us as we delve into burnout, untenable working conditions, expectations around meaningful work, DEI practices, attracting younger talent, incentives beyond compensation, and more!
- A key aim of the Nonprofit Public Policy Symposium is to build bridges and deepen personal connections between the research and practitioner communities. We all have a role to play in creating better policies to sustain vital institutions, meet social needs, and support civil society in the years to come. Researchers will share the best research on workforce issues, while practitioners will advise on the practical applications of the research. Researchers will bring the latest research findings and practitioners will leverage their expertise to identify critical policy issues for future research. Working together we can inform relevant, evidence-based nonprofit policies that will strengthen the nonprofit workforce and increase our capacity to fulfill our missions.
- I saved the most important reason for last — sharing your knowledge, experience, and ideas. Your insights are critical in shaping our understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the nonprofit workforce. As a member of this community, your lived experience is a key piece of the puzzle as we look to develop solutions that have real benefits for nonprofit organizations and employees.
We hope you’ll join us, virtually, on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 1:00-4:00 PM ET and add your voice to the conversation.
Emily Rogers is manager of policy research at Independent Sector.