Payroll and HR software for nonprofit organizations

Nonprofits depend on reliable payroll and HR services to drive their mission forward. With ADP, you gain essential tools to nurture connections, control costs, help meet compliance obligations and empower your people. 

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The work of nonprofits is never done, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all on your own. When you partner with ADP, we focus on payroll and HR so you can focus on doing good.

Build strong relationships with talent

Create employee experiences that inspire with ADP’s recruiting solutions, best-in-class benefits and workforce analytics. 

Make your funding go further

ADP’s payroll and HR tools can help you improve cash flow by helping you avoid penalties or manage premium payments. 

Manage compliance with confidence

From tax exemptions to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections, ADP’s compliance solutions help you ease administrative burdens and mitigate risks. 

Get the features you need to support your mission

From attracting and retaining talent to managing costs and compliance, see how ADP can help you maximize your organization’s human and financial resources for success.


You want to focus on your mission, not payroll. Our solutions simplify how you pay employees and volunteers while helping you organize your financial records with one integrated solution.

  • Spend less time on payroll and taxes with automated processing, deductions and filings
  • Easily track and reconcile payroll expenses, donations and other financial transactions with accounting integrations
  • Pay employees their way with flexible payment options, including paperless pay through Wisely®

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ADP has the tools you need to find employees who share your vision and nurture talent that drives change.

  • Connect with job seekers on their terms with mobile-friendly career sites or ZipRecruiter®’s one-click job posting
  • Find the right salary range and win the best talent with compensation benchmarks from ADP's exclusive insights
  • Enhance your employee experience with tools to support everything from career growth and development to health and financial wellness

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Offer employees more than a paycheck, and save yourself administrative headaches. With ADP, you have a partner to help you find affordable benefits that matter most (and then some). 

  • Help employees choose benefits that best fit their needs with guided support
  • Save time and minimize errors – ADP integrates with over 700 insurance carriers, financial institutions and other organizations
  • Offer employees attractive discount programs for brand-name products and daily essentials

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HR Outsourcing

Between organizing and fundraising, you have enough to worry about. Take HR administration off your plate with HR Outsourcing or a full-service Professional Employer Organization (PEO).

  • Scale recruitment and improve hiring metrics by outsourcing talent acquisition
  • Work with a dedicated HR Business Partner for day-to-day support and ongoing strategic guidance
  • Give employees the support they need with expert advice from MyLife Advisors

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Payroll and tax compliance is critical to maintaining your 501(c)(3) status. When you partner with ADP, you get tools and expertise to help you catch costly mistakes before they happen. 

  • Proactively manage compliance challenges, including Workers’ Compensation claims or Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalty avoidance
  • Get up-to-date information on federal, state, and local regulatory wage and hour compliance
  • Easily produce detailed labor and compliance reporting with pre-made templates, or create your own

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Doing good shouldn’t be so hard, and it doesn’t have to be. ADP is here to help you and your employees succeed with user-friendly tools and dedicated service from payroll and HR experts.

  • Get dependable advice from payroll and HR experts whenever you need it with prompt support or self-service options
  • Customize your implementation plan, from design and change management to go-live support and optimized training
  • Give employees and managers on-the-go access to payroll, reporting, onboarding and more with our top-rated mobile app

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Nonprofit payroll and HR FAQs3

How does nonprofit payroll work?

Like any other employer, nonprofits need to manage payroll for their employees. However, nonprofits also have unique requirements that make setting up and processing payroll complex, such as executive compensation, volunteers, and varied funding streams. You'll likely need to register for a federal employer identification number (EIN) and a state payroll tax identification number (TIN) to file and pay your payroll taxes. You may also need to register for local tax identification numbers based on location.

Nonprofits also need to allocate employee compensation to their funding sources. For example, if you use grants to cover payroll costs, you'll need processes or tools to help employees track their time to those grants and ensure administrators can easily create reports.

What payroll taxes do nonprofits have to pay?

Nonprofits in the United States, specifically those classified as 501(c)(3) organizations, are generally exempt from state sales, property and income tax exemptions. However, your nonprofit is subject to employment taxes like the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), even if you have tax-exempt status. You also need to pay State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA). Additionally, while your organization may be exempt from income tax, you may still be required to withhold federal, and in some cases state, income tax from your employee's wages.

It's important to note that tax laws vary from state to state.

What's the difference between running payroll for a for-profit business versus a nonprofit organization?

Payroll is generally similar in for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. They both involve calculating gross pay, deducting the appropriate taxes and other deductions, and issuing checks or direct deposits to employees. However, nonprofit organizations have unique payroll considerations, such as tax-exempt status and unemployment taxes. Nonprofits typically have to report compensation and benefits on the IRS Form 990 to maintain their tax-exempt status, which is publicly available. Nonprofits also have unique obligations regarding grants, donations, volunteers or fringe benefits.

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