Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kim Judson


The Center for Nonprofit Excellence serves all nonprofits in Monterey County with direct financial support, training for organizational growth, and leadership development. Nonprofit organizations in Monterey County face challenges retaining and hiring qualified staff due in part to the Great Resignation phenomenon where many employees have voluntarily resigned from their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency-level problem is there is too little information on this issue to provide effective assistance. This research project aims to uncover how this phenomenon is impacting local nonprofits, especially in staff hiring and retention. Interviews were conducted with nonprofit leaders to gain organizational insights. The expected outcome is an increase in knowledge about the issue. Key findings include how organizations are adjusting and what types of support they may need in the future. Recommendations include that the agency should produce materials and programs to support the nonprofit community’s greatest needs.