Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Who can become a panel member?
Invitations are periodically sent to the leaders (executive directors or equivalent positions) of selected 501c3 nonprofit organizations. Invited leaders can choose to be part of the panel by accepting the invitation.
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Q: How do I join the panel?
You can sign up to be a panelist only upon receiving an invitation. If you have received an invitation from us, click the "join the panel" button in the invitation email.
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Q: My organization did not receive an invitation.
If you are a director of your organization, you can join the panel to share your opinion and hear what others say about the issue of your interest. This panel is currently by invitation only. If you would like to join the panel, please contact us directly at norpanel@gsu.edu.
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Q: My organization received an invitation, but can we have a staff complete the surveys on behalf of our organization instead of our executive director?
Yes, although we invite and encourage executive directors to answer the questions about your organization to maintain consistency in data collection procedures, it is okay for a senior staff or middle manager to participate in surveys on behalf of your organization.
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Q: If I join the panel, how often will I receive an invitation to participate in a survey?
On behalf of your organization, you will receive survey invitations 2~4 times in a year. You can always choose whether or not to participate in any particular survey or study.
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Q: What kinds of surveys or studies will you send me?
NORP surveys and studies focus on issues related to working in nonprofit organizations. Topics may include work experiences, decision making, technology, collaboration, organizational performance, and etc. Our surveys are sponsored only by legitimate academic researchers. We will not send you any political, religious, or marketing surveys. Again, you always have the right to choose which surveys you want or don’t want to complete.
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Q: Who has access to the data?
All answers are confidential and used for research purposes only. Access to the database will be strictly restricted to the NORP research team. Study results will be published only in aggregate or summary form, and no individual organization's information will be shared and identifiable.
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Q: My organization is invited but I'm not certain why my participation is important.
If you become part of the NORP, you (and your organization) will have exclusive access to the NORP study results, and you (and your organization) can learn about how other nonprofits like yours operate under the uncertain circumstances of today. We will gladly send you the summary reports upon their release and also offer access to the password protect page where you can access the full information.
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Q: What if I want to opt out of the panel in future?
If you wish to opt out of the panel after signing up to be the panel, you can reply to the survey invitation with "opt out" in the subject line or send an email to norpanel@gsu.edu at any time.
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Q: If I’m leaving my organization, what should I do?
Your organization can continue to participate in the NORP by having your successor complete the surveys. He/she can simply send us an email to norpanel@gsu.edu in order to update the information. If you are moving to another nonprofit that is not part of the NORP but would like to be, let us know by email.
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Q: Who are the people running NORP?
NORP is a university-affiliated, nonprofit project, directed by Prof. Mirae Kim (mkim141@gsu.edu) at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Graduate students and staff in the Department of Public Management and Policy at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies help run the project.
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