2002 CNRG Member Survey

In the fall of 2002, we asked CNRG members to answer a survey about their use of the discussion list, their work, professional development needs and other info. The steering committee will be using this information to plan the future of CNRG. Thanks to all who replied. Here are the results!

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1. Which of the following best describes your use of the CNRG listserv:

  Response Percent Response Total
  a- search job listings
64.3% 182
  b- ask questions related to my current position/job/organization
15.2% 43
  c- search for training opportunities
26.5% 75
  d- post events for my organization
27.2% 77
  e- search for events that interest me
59% 167
  f- search for volunteer opportunities
29% 82
  g- stay in touch/network with the CNRG community
38.5% 109
  Other (please specify)
7.4% 21
Total Respondents   283
(skipped this question)   2
2. What is your current level of satisfaction with CNRG:
  Response Percent Response Total
    VERY SATISFIED
25.4% 72
    SATISFIED
55.6% 158
    SOMEWHAT SATISFIED
16.5% 47
    SOMEWHAT DISSATISFIED
1.8% 5
    VERY DISSATISFIED
0.7% 2
Total Respondents   284
(skipped this question)   1
3. How valuable are the following to your future CNRG membership?
Very valuable Somewhat Valuable I'd like to see it I might use it Not valuable Response Total
a- a question and answer column on the website
10% (27) 13% (37) 25% (70) 38% (105) 14% (39) 278
b- a community calendar of events
51% (143) 20% (58) 18% (52) 8% (24) 2% (6) 283
c- a listing of educational opportunities
40% (111) 26% (73) 21% (59) 12% (32) 1% (2) 277
d- workshops and trainings for professional development
44% (122) 23% (64) 23% (64) 9% (24) 2% (6) 280
e- help with resume and interviewing skills
11% (31) 18% (51) 18% (50) 28% (77) 25% (69) 278
f- a list of board openings for Portland area organizations
25% (71) 19% (53) 22% (63) 20% (55) 14% (39) 281
g- a list of grant opportunities
38% (106) 24% (66) 18% (50) 11% (30) 9% (26) 278
h- social events with other CNRG members
14% (39) 25% (70) 22% (60) 24% (66) 15% (43) 278
Total Respondents   283
(skipped this question)   2
4. Do you ever participate in professional development training?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Yes
71.8% 201
    No
28.2% 79
Total Respondents   280
(skipped this question)   5
5. If your employer offers a stipend for professional development, how much do they offer?
  Response Percent Response Total
    a- $1 ≠ 100
14.5% 36
    b- $101 ≠ 250
10.9% 27
    c- $251 ≠ 500
10.1% 25
    d- $501- 1000
5.2% 13
    e- $1001 +
3.6% 9
    f- My employer doesn't offer a stipend
55.6% 138
Total Respondents   248
(skipped this question)   37
6. Indicate the top three barriers you face, if any, in your professional development?
  Response Percent Response Total
  a- no money for training
40.5% 107
  b- employer is uninterested in providing for training
6.8% 18
  c- no training opportunities available in my focus area
16.3% 43
  d- my level of expertise is higher than trainings offered
14% 37
  e- lack of time
40.2% 106
  f- inconvenient location of trainings
11.7% 31
  g- not sure what specific training I need
25.4% 67
  h- training is too expensive
40.2% 106
  i- have had bad experience with local trainings
7.2% 19
  j- I donít face barriers in terms of professional development
12.5% 33
  Other (please specify)
11.4% 30
Total Respondents   264
(skipped this question)   21
7. I have been working as a nonprofit or government sector professional for:
  Response Percent Response Total
    a- less than a year
9.5% 27
    b- 1-3 years
30.7% 87
    c- 4-6 years
18.7% 53
    d- 7-9 years
7.1% 20
    e- 10-12 years
8.1% 23
    f- 13-15 years
3.2% 9
    g- more than 15 years
3.9% 11
    h- I work in the private sector
14.8% 42
    i- I don't work
3.9% 11
Total Respondents   283
(skipped this question)   2
8. How long have you lived in the Portland Metropolitan Area?
  Response Percent Response Total
    a- less than a year
13.1% 37
    b- 1-3 years
22.6% 64
    c- 4-6 years
17.7% 50
    d- 7-9 years
12% 34
    e- 10-12 years
7.1% 20
    f- 13-15 years
3.5% 10
    g- more than 15 years
19.1% 54
    h- I live in Oregon but outside the Portland Metropolitan Area
1.8% 5
    a- I live outside the Portland Metropolitan Area
3.2% 9
Total Respondents   283
(skipped this question)   2
9. I first heard about CNRG from:
  Response Percent Response Total
    b- friend/relative
50.2% 142
    c- workplace
19.4% 55
    d- forwarded e-mail
7.1% 20
    e- web search
5.7% 16
    f- other professional organization
6.7% 19
    i- other
0.4% 1
    Other (please specify)
10.6% 30
Total Respondents   283
(skipped this question)   2
10. What is your current employment status?
  Response Percent Response Total
    a- employed
62.7% 178
    b- self-employed
7% 20
    c- unemployed
1.4% 4
    d- unemployed, searching for work
13% 37
    e- student
3.9% 11
    f- internship
1.1% 3
    g- retired
0% 0
    Other (please specify)
10.9% 31
Total Respondents   284
(skipped this question)   1
11. If you are currently employed, what kind of organization do you work for?
  Response Percent Response Total
    non profit
59% 135
    government
8.7% 20
    private industry
16.2% 37
    self-employed
4.8% 11
    consulting
2.2% 5
    Other (please specify)
9.2% 21
Total Respondents   229
(skipped this question)   56
12. My current job/position relates to:
  Response Percent Response Total
    accounting/bookkeeping
0.8% 2
    administrative/office management
13% 32
    executive management
7.3% 18
    grant writing
2.8% 7
    technical writing
0.8% 2
    government relations
0.4% 1
    human resources
3.6% 9
    information technology
2% 5
    professional/technical services (e.g. lawyer, nurse, engineer)
6.5% 16
    policy/program development
12.1% 30
    resource development/fundraising
5.7% 14
    marketing/public relations
6.9% 17
    consulting
0.8% 2
    Other (please specify)
37.2% 92
Total Respondents   247
(skipped this question)   38
13. The highest level of education I have completed is:
  Response Percent Response Total
    b- some high school
0.4% 1
    c- high school diploma
0% 0
    d- some college
5.3% 15
    e- associateís level degree/trade school
1.4% 4
    f- professional certification/registration
1.8% 5
    g- bachelorís level degree
64.2% 181
    h- masterís level degree
22.3% 63
    i- doctoral degree
4.3% 12
    j- other
0.4% 1
Total Respondents   282
(skipped this question)   3
14. My current work-based annual income range is:
  Response Percent Response Total
    a- under $18,000
32.2% 84
    b- $18,000 to 25,000
13.8% 36
    c- $25,001 to 35,000
26.1% 68
    d- $35,001 to 45,000
15.7% 41
    e- $45,001 to 55,000
8% 21
    f- $55,001 to 65,000
1.5% 4
    g- more than $65,000
2.7% 7
Total Respondents   261
(skipped this question)   24
15. We tried to craft these questions in a way that would tell us what you like about CNRG and what you would like to see for the future of CNRG. If you have any additional thoughts that better respond to those questions, please use this space.

(These are some selected responses.)

As someone who has used CNRG for specific reasons I think that it could be beneficial to divide the CNRG group into categories that seem popular: Community Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Employment Opportunities, Professional Development & Training, Miscellaneous, Correspondence, etc.

I appreciate the access to other like-minded individuals who work in the non-profit area and are concerned about social issues. The network is a great way to spread the word about agency events and activities and to learn about other agencies and resources.

I would like to see a summary of responses posted to the list.

I think CNRG provides a valuable forum for networking sharing resources & keeping people informed about the local community. Thank you for making this happen.

I think a calendar would be a great idea to help bring all of the community events into one source. Another need in the nonprofit community is a listing of organizations in the area and their CONTACT information. I know that some agencies have tried but maybe if it was web based it would relieve all the complications with outdated information in other listings??

CNRG is a great resource. I refer new people to it probably at least a dozen times a year.

A job listing board where you could look for jobs under a certain title or an easier way to track old job announcements.

I would suggest a job posting board for those seeking employment. I would still like organizations to post their stuff to the listserve but I would separate out those people posting their personal resume looking for work.

I don't use CNRG that often anymore because it became too overwhelming in volume but it has been very helpful when needed.

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