Transitioning from a Volunteer-Only Organization to a Staffed Organization – March 2024

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Originally Offered: February 27 and March 7, 2024

Moving from a volunteer-only to staffed organization is a huge milestone in the lifecycle of a nonprofit. How do you know when you are ready? How do you know what the organization needs? Part 1 of our series will look at these questions, among others.

Once the organization’s board has decided to proceed with an initial hire, a number of legal issues are presented. Part 2 of our series will look at some of these issues.

To access a replay of the webinar, please complete the registrant form below, add the item to your cart, and checkout.  You will receive an email with the webinar replay link.

Please note that part 1 of this presentation was recorded, but due to a technical difficulty, there is no recording available for part 2. The presentation slides are available for both parts upon registration.

Moving from a volunteer-only to staffed organization is a huge milestone in the lifecycle of a nonprofit. How do you know when you are ready? How do you know what the organization needs? Part 1 of our series will look at these questions, among others:

  • Why do we believe that we need to hire staff at this time?
  • What positions (functions) do we need to fill? Administrative, executive, or other?
  • What can we pay/what can we afford?
  • Are there power dynamics involving a founder (or other) that we need to address?
  • How do we fully embrace the transition from one organizational structure (all-volunteer) to the other (one with staff)?
  • Are there obvious candidates internally or will we be starting/searching from scratch?
  • How do we handle potential conflicts of interest if we are considering a candidate from the Board?

Once the organization’s board has decided to proceed with an initial hire, a number of legal issues are presented. Part 2 of our series will look at some of these issues, including:

  • The search and interview process – do’s and don’t’s; non-discrimination
  • The offer letter
  • Wage and hour basics: will the employee be exempt or non-exempt?
  • Registering as an employer
  • Other regulatory/compliance requirements: posters, training, payment into paid leave fund, etc.
  • Employee handbook?

Please note that part 1 of this presentation was recorded, but due to a technical difficulty, there is no recording available for part 2. The presentation slides are available for both parts upon registration.

This presentation was originally offered by Hartford Public Library. For specific questions, please contact Daniel Alexandre at dalexandre@hplct.org

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