HR professionals in the nonprofit sector are becoming increasingly more important to their organization’s operations, even if their relative growth in numbers has remained flat since the recession.

A new study from XpertHR and Nonprofit HR finds that the typical ratio of HR staff to nonprofit employees is 1:66. Meanwhile, despite this low size relative to organizational size, nearly half (49.2%) of respondents say there is a greater recognition of HR among senior leadership; the other half (46.5%) of respondents say their influence has remained unchanged, according to the 2014 HR Staffing, Costs and Structures in the Nonprofit Sector survey.

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