We recently sat down with Gayle Brandel, CEO of PNP Staffing Group to talk about her company and the importance of the Salary Report PNP produces each year, and how this year, in particular, is critical in gathering as many surveys as possible in order to help the nonprofit industry.

NRH: Tell us about PNP and the services it provides

GB: Since 1996, PNP Staffing Group, also known as Professionals for NonProfits, has been providing talent exclusively to the nonprofit sector.  Specializing in Executive Search and Direct Hire, Interim Professionals, Consultants, Temp-To-Hire, and Contract/Temporary Staff – offering a single source of staffing solutions a nonprofit might need.    

Our specialties are in the areas of Executive management, Fundraising and Development, Finance, Human Resources, Program Management, Database, and Office Support.  

NRH: Can you tell us a little about your role at PNP?

GB: I currently serve as the CEO of PNP. Prior to founding PNP, I served in a financial and business management capacity in numerous leading NYC nonprofit institutions. I have extensive strategic talent management, and capacity-building experience.  But above all, I am committed to helping nonprofits make smart hiring decisions.

I sit on several nonprofit Boards, have authored numerous articles on hiring, retention, and professional development for publications in this sector.

NRH: Can you tell us a little about your team at PNP?

GB: Our team is comprised of a diverse group of executives and recruiters who have many years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Team members have been with PNP between 7 to 22 years.  Our expertise, experience, and connections to leaders in the sector help us reach the top 10% of talent in the marketplace to bring the best staff to help nonprofits sustain their missions and advance capacity.  

NRH: What is  PNP’s motto?

GB: We believe in the power of nonprofits to make a difference in people’s lives and are proud that PNP provides the staff to help make that difference.  

NRH: Gayle, can you explain what the Salary Report is and why it is so important for nonprofit organizations to take the time to complete and submit the survey?

GB: Every summer we start gathering salary information from nonprofits by sending out a salary survey to the sector. It is critical that as many people as possible fill out the survey so that our information on our Salary Report is accurate.  PNP’s Annual Salary Report for Nonprofits provides hiring managers with valuable salary information to help them compete effectively for talent in the marketplace.  This free report is available every November. 

NRH: What would you say is the key to a nonprofit organization’s success?

GB: I would say the key to an organization’s success and sustainability, large or small, is the quality of its staff.  In addition, a staff that is diverse tends to be more innovative and productive.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of all our placements as we spread a wide net in the marketplace for the best talent for our clients.  

NRH: What are the goals for PNP as you move forward into the future?

GB:  We always strive to provide staffing expertise and service to our current clients and to expand our reach more fully into the association sector and universities. In addition, we would like to increase our partnerships with companies providing services in the sector to be able to offer more robust services to clients.  

We would like to thank Gayle for spending some time with us and for all this great information.

If you want more information about Gayle, PNP Staffing, or would like to access the salary survey, white papers, and other valuable resources, go to

NYC Imagine Awards

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The Edison Ballroom
240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
6pm – 10pm
Tickets $300 | Nonprofit $150 | Virtual $25
The Inaugural New York City Imagine Awards, the premier event that shines the spotlight on the nonprofit sector, will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. We are extremely excited to bring the Imagine Awards to New York City and its surrounding boroughs. This event has been a mainstay of the Long Island nonprofit sector for the last eight years, so to be able to introduce this to the New York City marketplace is amazing.

This gala event was created to offer formal acknowledgment to some of the City’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. 501(c)(3) nonprofits located in and/or significantly serving The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island are eligible to apply across five categories, Arts & Culture; Innovation; Leadership Excellence; Rising Star; & Social Impact, with the winner in each category winning a $5,000 grant. In addition, the 20 finalists, 4 in each category, will each receive a professionally produced video, which will be showcased the night of the event.

Bringing Purpose & Gratitude to Your Nonprofit Organization!

Please register HERE for the next roundtable coming up on Thursday, September 23rd at 8:15AM – Bringing Purpose & Gratitude to Your Nonprofit Organization!

We are so excited to welcome Dave Linn, Chief Operating Officer of The Generosity Series, back to the roundtable hot seat!


About Dave
With decades of business experience, as a founder, consultant, leader, entrepreneur, as a college and graduate school professor, Dave doesn’t just “believe” that ordinary people can change the world, he KNOWS it.

Dave’s Gratitude Workshops highlight the importance and benefits of gratitude and teach the lasting techniques that build the habits that transform lives and organizational cultures.

Dave has recently conceived and launched Gratitude Rising, a platform guided by North America’s most prominent gratitude thought leaders combining support for nonprofits with personal gratitude growth.

We hope to see you on September 23rd!

NRH Virtual Lunchtime Nonprofit Meet & Greet

• Introduce yourself and your organization to our growing NRH community
• Build relationships and expand your network with fellow nonprofit
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• Get direct access to key leaders, influencers, and experts in a variety of
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• Learn about and get expert advice on pertinent industry topics including:

Board Governance
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*If you are not yet a Nonprofit Partner but want to be, sign up here.
There is NO fee and takes less than a minute!

How board portals improve the bottom line

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Simplify board management in 2021

Through our work with over 100 small and medium-sized nonprofits, my partner Christine Deska and I have identified one trait common to almost every organization:
Executive directors and key staff are struggling to keep their board members engaged, spending unnecessary time involved with repetitive tasks, and efficiently disseminating information to board members.

Board portals are designed to specifically address these challenges.

We also realized that several of the existing board portals on the market were priced outside the available budget for small and medium sized nonprofits. As a result, we saw an opportunity to help and created the board management solution BellesBoard.

Implementing a board portal has a direct impact on the bottom line. In fact, our research has shown that a board portal can easily save a nonprofit organization in excess of $9,000 annually in recovered staff time. This time can then be redirected to other activities such as fundraising, event management, and getting more done with less outside resources.

In order to accomplish such a beneficial goal, a board portal should meet four criteria: The portal should be 1) full featured, 2) affordable, 3) easy to implement and 4) easy to use. This article will address each of these criteria in more detail.

A board portal should be full-featured

Nonprofits today are constantly being asked to do more with less. That is why organizations invest in board management software that will eliminate repetitive tasks, increase collaboration and improve efficiency.

To the extent possible, an organization should avoid compromise when selecting a board management solution. Why? Because they want to avoid the additional cost that will be required as a result of outgrowing their initial solution and having to upgrade to a more robust solution down the road.

A board portal vendor should also have a history of continuous innovation. For example, the board portal should also contain a mobile app so that board members have access to relevant information 24/7 on a smartphone or tablet.

A board portal should be affordable

The National Center for Charitable Statistics lists more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States. According to GuideStar, the vast majority of these nonprofits are small, grassroots organizations.

These organizations tend to be underserved when it comes to technology. Budgets are stretched and every dollar counts. If your organization fits this demographic, ask your board portal vendor if they can provide a net return on investment (ROI) analysis that will estimate the annual savings that can be achieved after deducting the cost of the portal.

A board portal should be easy to implement

One of the common stumbling blocks that organizations encounter is getting started! As we said earlier, organizations today need to do more with less.

Having invested the time to find a solution to accomplish that goal, and having made the selection, they now must find the time to enter their meetings, governance material and documents, committee and board rosters, financial and program metrics, and related tasks. This is where things often bog down.

The sooner your organization can begin to realize the benefits of a board portal, the more likely they will achieve the savings that can be achieved by eliminating repetitive tasks, increasing collaboration and improving efficiency.

A board portal should be easy to use

Board members are busy people. For the most part, they do not engage with board-related information on a regular basis. When they do, it is imperative that they can get to the information they need easily and quickly.

Board engagement suffers if board members are asking questions such as “Where are the by-laws?”, “When is the next committee meeting?”, and “What is Mary’s contact information?” Even more disruptive is if they must call or email staff members to get the answers.

A board portal puts all this information literally at one’s finger tips. Board engagement is directly related to how easily and quickly these questions and more are answered.


When choosing a board portal solution for your organization, here are four criteria you should consider. The board portal should be

•             Full-featured;

•             Affordable;

•             Easy to implement; and

•             Easy to use

The result will be that board activity will be easier to manage, more cost effective and your board members will better ambassadors for your organization.

Our customers tell us that BellesBoard hits the mark on all four criteria. Feel free to contact me to learn more about BellesBoard or to arrange a brief demonstration.

Frank Orzo


Nonprofit Sector Strategies, PBC


Navigating Conflict Of Interest Transactions

A Valuable Guide For Anyone Serving As An Executive Director Or Serving On A Nonprofit Board.
Do you serve on a nonprofit board? Do you have a true understanding of your organization’s Conflict of Interest policy?
• Are conflicts of interest forbidden?
• What is a related party transaction?
• What needs to go into your conflict of interest policy?
• How to analyze and document a related party transaction.

Powered By Professionals

Powered by Professionals (PBP) ( is a national fundraising and event management firm, based in New York City, that specializes in helping charity and non-profit organizations exceed their fundraising goals. Utilizing their unique strategic approach (, PBP identifies the key individuals involved in your organization including board members, honorees, and committee members, and works with them to transition their personal relationships into fundraising relationships.

Over the last 20 years, PBP has worked with over 100 nonprofit organizations ( to maximize their fundraising efforts and in the process have managed and produced hundreds of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events (, resulting in close to $150 million raised for these charities.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, PBP has been at the forefront of the virtual and hybrid event space (, working with dozens of nonprofits to rethink their fundraising strategy and take both their event and fundraising online. Here are a few tips from PBP that can help you plan a successful virtual fundraising event (


Whether you are looking to go hybrid or fully virtual for your annual fundraising gala, awareness run/walk, or benefit concert, you will need to determine your event format and how you envision it happening so that the rest of the event planning falls into place. Once you have figured out what parts of your event you want prerecorded vs. live, create an event timeline ( and run of show to start outlaying your event planning process.


There are so many types of virtual event platforms available now; it can be difficult to decide which to use. PBP is constantly exploring new platforms and revisiting existing ones, as the platforms are continuously evolving and adding new services. Sometimes a combination of different tech platforms works best for your event. PBP has a couple blog posts that can help you pick the best platform for your organization linked here ( and here (


You cannot rehearse too much. If your event has live components, you will need to make sure all your speakers know how to access the event, when they will be seen on screen, and how they will interact with the audience. Even if your event is fully prerecorded, you will need to watch your video content many times to find the best places to put any graphics, make sure the videos transition well, and that your program’s message is clear to the audience. The more you rehearse, the more flawless your event will be because you will be able to pick up little details you may not have thought of before.

For more virtual and hybrid event fundraising and event planning tips, tune into our webinar on September 21, where PBP CEO and Founder, Darren Port, will be discussing how to adapt your event and fundraising strategy in a world of COVID-19 uncertainty. More information about the webinar and how to register is below.

Register for the webinar here.