HR Management

Take Stock: Assess your organization’s core functions

Take Stock is an online interactive HR management tool designed to help non-profit organizations to assess their performance in seven core areas:

  1. Governance
  2. Financial management and sustainability
  3. Information and technology management
  4. Human resource management
  5. Programs and services
  6. Community relations and engagement
  7. Fund development

This tool is available free-of-charge from the HR Council, and the results are confidential. A video of a webinar for Nova Scotian non-profits is available, going into more depth on the Take Stock tool.

The HR Toolkit

The HR Toolkit is a comprehensive online resource from the HR Council designed to help managers, employees, and board members better understand, address, and manage issues relating to human resources in non-profits.

The HR Check-up

A 10-minute, 20-question self-diagnostic tool that will help evaluate your nonprofit’s current performance in a number of functional HR areas. From the HR Council.

Starting a Non-profit or Charity

In this guide from Charity Village, you will learn about some of the basic things to consider before you decide to start a non-profit, as well as resources and tools to help you through the early stages of the process.

‘Governing Good’ blog

Governing Good offers thoughts and resources for the non-profit sector, covering board dynamics, public policy advocacy, organizational culture, board composition, ethics, and managing resources. It’s brought to us by Grant MacDonald, a university professor and adult educator living in Halifax who has a long interest in non-profit governance and leadership.

Staffing Trends in Canadian Charities

This HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector survey explored trends in hiring, recruitment and retention in the charitable sector in Canada. Among the findings: recruitment and retention appear to be particularly challenging for organizations located in Quebec, the Prairies and Atlantic Canada.

HR Management Standards

The HR Council’s HR Management Standards are designed to support board members, managers, and employees in the development and implementation of effective HR policies and practices for non-profit organizations.

Better Together

This report from the HR Council outlines the benefits and challenges associated with sharing a senior level HR expert among organizations.


Resources for Better Staff Recruitment Interviewing

Charity Village offers this collection of some of their best interviewing resources & tips. Open this PDF document to see the embedded links to many web pages that will help make the interview process easier.

Resources for Recruiting International Students and Recent University Graduates

The International Education Centre of Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) developed guides to encourage international students and graduates to seek out careers in Halifax, and to encourage and assist employers to hire international students and graduates. These guides have been made available to the public with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

Find the downloadable Employment Guides here.

Resources on the Staff Recruitment Process

Charity Village offers this collection of some of their top resources & tips on the recruitment process. Open this pdf document to see the embedded links to many web pages that will help make the recruitment process easier.

Not-for-Profit Board Members Recruitment Support

If you are recruiting new board members for your non-profit, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette can help. They distribute information about board opportunities on behalf of non-profit organizations to a registry of interested candidates – free of charge.

Benefits & Pensions

HR Council’s Employee Benefits strategy papers

The HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector released two reports on employee benefits – Barriers and Recommendations for Action.

HR Council’s Retirement Plans discussion primer

The HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector released a Primer for Discussion on retirement plans in the voluntary sector.