Strategic Professional Development. The nonprofit survey asked which skills listed in 6 core job areas – if improved – could help you the most.
2021 Nonprofit Survey Results from Nonprofit Professionals
This important nonprofit survey on nonprofit skills is about your use of techniques to help you manage your job more efficiently–and get more done.
Nonprofit Survey: Nonprofit Skills the Pros Want to Improve
- 42%. Education
- 29%. Human and social services
- 25%. Health services/healthcare reform
- 25%. Youth programs
- 21%. Environmental sustainability
- 21%. Grant giving foundation
- 17%. Housing/homelessness
- 17%. Community development
- 12%. Arts & Culture
- 12%. International development
- 12%. Poverty and social justice
- 8%. Economic opportunity
- 8%. Sustainable food and agriculture
- 70%. Increasing active engagement with our donors and supporters.
- 56%. Collecting compelling stories from our programs to share with donors.
- 48%. Effectively orchestrating social media.
- 44%. Using tools, techniques and editable templates to speed up the writing process.
- 44%. Clearly articulating what our organization does in a sound bite.
- 39%. Identifying foundations for funding our programs.
- 35%. Writing regular, effective donor email newsletters.
- 26%. Identifying specifically what potential supporters are looking for, where they look for it, and how they ask for it.
- 22%. Writing an achievable communications calendar.
- 17%. Clearly identifying who your target supporters are.
- 55%. Optimizing our site so that potential donors find us first (SEO).
- 50%. Determining the best things to ask donors for that will lead to a commitment.
- 50%. Building our mailing list by getting website visitors to subscribe to our newsletter.
- 40%. Learning effective online fundraising techniques.
- 40%. Developing website landing pages that quickly call donors to action.
- 50%. Being able to better identify potential donors for funding the project.
- 45%. Learning how to better design monitoring and evaluation plans.
- 40%. Learning how to better develop a program/project that is attractive to donors.
- 40%. Learning how to better design a program/project that is manageable.
- 35%. Conducting a needs assessment to determine specific, verifiable community need.
- 35%. Identifying activities proven to solve community need.
- 35%. Learning how to better write budgets, action plans and schedules.
- 53%. Project reporting.
- 47%. Project monitoring and evaluation.
- 42%. Finding, managing and keeping volunteers.
- 37%. Running projects using the tools written during grant development.
- 26%. Launching projects.
- 43%. Modernizing our website to be mobile friendly for visitors with tablets and smart phones.
- 43%. Developing an effective email newsletter program.
- 43%. Learning effective ways to convert website visitors into new subscribers.
- 43%. Modernizing our website to be more engaging for visitors and quickly call them to action.
- 33%. Learning how to manage and regularly update our website.
- 10%. Learning how to send newsletters through our newsletter service provider.
- 71%. Yes
- 29%. No
- 54%. Social media development and management.
- 50%. Marketing and communications.
- 33%. Grant development.
- 29%. Online donations and fundraising.
- 25%. Project management.
- 17%. Newsletter and mailing list development.
- 8%. Website development and management.
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