Caring Workplaces

Caring Workplaces, Committed Employees

The Caring Workplaces, Committed Employees initiative aims to enhance employee and volunteer commitment to nonprofit human services organizations and the children, youth, families, and communities they serve.  Caring workplaces contribute to family stability by assuring paid and volunteer staff receive support in meeting family responsibilities that might otherwise distract them on the job or contribute to unpredictable absences, burnout, and premature departures. With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Human Services Assembly’s Family Strengthening Policy Center (FSPC) is leading the Caring Workplaces, Committed Employees initiative.

Overview of the Caring Workplaces, Committed Employees Initiative
Learn about why Caring Workplace practices can make a difference and what the FSPC is doing to stimulate change in the nonprofit human services sector.

Caring Workplace Practices: A Catalog for Nonprofit Human Services Organizations

Low Quality Jobs Can Be Costly for Employers, Families
Discover the connection between workplace practices, employee and volunteer productivity and retention, and family stability.

Caring Workplaces Resource List
Find useful assessment tools, case studies, research summaries, and guidance from reliable sources.

Case Studies

American Cancer Society: A Caring Workplaces, Committed Employees Case Study
Every nonprofit has a defined mission, and many rely on both paid and unpaid staff to achieve their goals. The American Cancer Society (ACS) conceptualized a system that integrates both types of staff—employees and volunteers—into a single talent management structure. This case study shows how ACS’s innovative approach is providing a great place to work while also increasing organizational effectiveness.

Idealist.org: A Caring Workplaces, Committed Employees Case Study
Idealist.org (Idealist) creates a trusting workplace environment to help its employees succeed on the job. Exploring the ways in which Idealist has made changes to care for its employees, this case study offers other nonprofits insights on how to enhance staff performance and satisfaction while also supporting work-life balance.

NeighborWorks® America: A Caring Workplaces, Committed Employees Case Study
Use this case study of a nonprofit employer to explore your own Caring Workplace strengths and identify opportunities to further help staff members realize their potential at work and manage their family and community responsibilities.

Related Commentaries

National Assembly CEO Writes on Workforce, Sector Challenges

  • In “Generational Dynamics in the Workplace”, published in Together, the magazine of Generations United, NHSA CEO, Irv Katz, observes that the issues of recruiting and developing entry workers and executive level workers are inseparable.  Both need to be integrated in comprehensive talent development strategies.
  • The Nonprofit Times, June 1, 2008, edition, includes an essay on “Reinventing, Re-imagining Voluntarism and the Voluntary Sector,” in which Katz observes that the nonprofit sector sells itself short by not using clear language about what it is, how complex it is, and how essential it is to society.  He asserts that language is a part of the solution, opting for terms like civic sector and civic enterprise over nonprofit sector and charity.   Other strategies are suggested, including competing for talent.

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The Family Strengthening Policy Center was developed
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Making Your Organization an Employer of Choice:  Bold Ideas for the Caring Workplace

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When Work Works

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When we think about competing for and retaining talent, we often think about salary, but in truth, our practices and culture beyond pay scale matter tremendously – for retention, for morale, for productivity, and more.  When our people are healthy, supported and have the flexibility they need, there are remarkable improvements in work quality, effectiveness and organizational climate.

So – what are the innovative practices in our sector that make our workplaces more effective while providing supports to our staff and volunteers?

We’ve recruited a national expert - President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute   Ellen Galinsky, to share research and real-world examples with you on our next webinar.


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