People-Centered and Values-Based HR

Who We Are

Your mission depends on your staff, and your staff depends on high-quality HR.

Ascend People is a Black-led firm that takes a radically different approach to nonprofit HR by centering what’s key to your work: your people. At Ascend People, we give rise to your staff while balancing the realities of leading mission-driven organizations toward impact. Moving from the transactional to the transformational, we partner with you to create people-centered and values-based HR solutions that provide tangible outcomes to support your nonprofit’s effectiveness and sustainability.

What We Do

HR Effectiveness

Developing and strengthening functions, practices, and processes to meet the needs and expectations of both your staff and the organization.

Outsourced Recruitment

Providing full-cycle recruitment capacity and management to identify, attract, and hire quality diverse talent for your organization.

What We Do


Analyzing and designing compensation programs and practices that help you equitably reward your people.

Nonprofit HR Academy & Community (“NPHRAC”)

The Nonprofit HR Academy & Community (NPHRAC) is an exclusive haven for nonprofit leaders navigating the challenges of HR. Our online platform serves as a vibrant hub fostering growth, collaboration, learning, and shared wisdom.

Through two membership levels, NPHRAC provides:
Join us and be part of a movement redefining nonprofit HR.


What our clients say about us

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People Blog & Insights

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