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Student Project

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B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts)


Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies


The growing increase in voluntary staff turnover has raised alarming concerns to executive directors of nonprofit organizations, and the community at large. This paper examines the factors that lead to such an increase in nonprofit organizations in the Rockford area, similar studies have been done, examining problems pertaining to the third sector in the United State, yet very few studies have been done examining the third sector in the Rockford Area. Competitive wages and growth opportunities are increasingly leading employees to move to private, public and government sectors. This paper discusses patterns of unresolved issues that need to be addressed in hopes of coming to the long-awaited solutions for the betterment of our communities, such as conducting market rate study with subsequent wage adjustments, enhancing H.R visibility in the agencies, and implementing wellness initiative. This study used both qualitative and quantitative methods. Surveys were sent out to mangers, H.R, department directors and executive directors, and interviews were conducted with nonmanagerial staff and volunteers. Our results show a correlation between competition in wages, growth opportunity and staff turnover. We will discuss in detail the impact and effectiveness of different leadership methods on employee productivity and retention, such as top to bottom or bottom-up leadership style, servant leadership method and transparency from organizations’ leaders.