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Staff Climate Survey for Nonprofits

Increase the satisfaction of your staff

Your organization’s ability to navigate these challenging times depends on many factors, some of which are within your control and others are not. One thing you can influence is how staff members view your organization. Their satisfaction and commitment are critical to the long-term success of the organization. Not to mention, staff turnover drives up costs and damages program effectiveness.

A climate survey is a powerful tool to understanding your staff members' beliefs about the organization. 501 Commons' climate survey, developed by Dr. Michael Horn, is designed specifically for nonprofits.

About the Staff Climate Survey

This confidential survey asks your staff to rate their work environment in regards to internal communications; pay and benefits; technology; work relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and organizational leaders; and many other areas. It specifically asks questions about:

  1. Culture
  2. Leadership
  3. Supervisor
  4. Communication
  5. My co-workers
  6. My job
  7. Client services
  8. Performance
  9. Compensation and benefits
  10. Diversity and inclusion
  11. Community

How It Works

501 Commons will distribute and collect the survey, do the statistical analysis, and report the results. We can also provide a human resources consultant to help you interpret, communicate, and respond to the results.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Plus, participants can provide more information through responses to open-ended questions.


    Studies have shown that increasing employee satisfaction and engagement produces better results. A climate survey gives you the information you need to improve internal communications, help supervisors be more effective, evaluate your wage and benefit strategies, and generally influence the climate within your organization.

    The board can also use a climate survey to augment their executive director performance review and/or get a handle on what is driving high turnover.

    Like all of 501 Commons' services, this important tool for organizational effectiveness is affordable to nonprofits of all types and sizes.