HR Standards

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 nonprofit organizations.

Organizations can use these Standards to:

  • Examine and evaluate their current HR policies and practices
  • Determine where there is room for improvement, and
  • Learn how the Standards and a range of related resources can be used to improve HR policies and practices


Just getting started?

Take the HR CheckUp
Take a few minutes to complete your organization's HR CheckUp. Based on the HR Management Standards, the HR CheckUp will help you evaluate your organization's current HR policies and practices in relation to the Standards.


The Standards Navigator

The HR Management Standards are grouped into six broad themes. You can use the Standards Navigator on the right-hand side of this page to browse through the themes and view detailed information, implementation considerations and links to resources for each of the Standards. For more information, see Implementing the Standards.


Download the Standards Workbook

If you prefer pen and paper over pointing and clicking, you can download the HR Management Standards in a convenient PDF workbook. Whether you bring a copy to your next board meeting to have directors complete the self- assessment, keep one in your desktop HR manual to consult when you update your policies or share it with a peer who is looking for assistance, the PDF workbook is a great offline way to work on implementing the HR Management Standards in your organization.

Download the complete HR Management Standards Workbook

 Note: You can also download a PDF version of each of the Standard Themes by selecting the theme in the Standards Navigator.