To Pay and Pay Not

A few items courtesy of colleague-readers:

  • Dana Hagenbuch of Commongood Careers in Boston draws our attention to the group’s recent survey of 1,750 nonprofit jobseekers, showing that most intend to make long-term careers in the sector but object to its salary and benefits (or lack thereof) and are concerned about opportunities for advancement (or lack thereof).  As a result, "Over 75% of respondents believe that nonprofits have to immediately change their recruitment, employment and professional development practices."  But, as most of these people are looking for jobs right now, the Nonprofiteer suspects all that’s going to happen "immediately" is a drastic lowering of their expectations.  The complete 7-page survey report can be found at
  • Meanwhile, nonprofits trying to combat their personnel crunch by using volunteers would do well to heed the reminder from Carol Karimi of in San Francisco that National Volunteer Week is approaching (April 27-May 3), and that s/he who wants to keep volunteers had best appreciate them.  Tips on so doing can be found at 
  • And those same volunteer-dependent nonprofits will need to figure out an answer to the excellent question raised by Christie Weeks of Jonesboro, Louisiana:

    "Are you aware if anyone is addressing/paying attention to the disparities in charitable mileage deduction and business mileage deduction?  Since 1998, the standard mileage deduction for charitable purposes has been 14 cents per mile.  In the same time, the standard mileage deduction for business purposes has risen from 32.5 cents per mile to 50.5 cents per mile.  It obviously costs a volunteer just as much to operate his/her vehicle as it does someone who uses a vehicle for business purposes.  Generally, those who employed by 501 (c) (3) organizations are reimbursed for mileage.  Who is looking after their volunteers? . . . .[I]ncreased fuel costs are a real hit on many volunteers.  Is anyone looking down the road at the impact that decreased travel due to costs to the volunteer will have on charitable organizations?"

And a friendly reminder from the Nonprofiteer that (to adapt a phrase) labor is a feminist issue.  Charities concerned about attracting and retaining good personnel could always pay more; remarkably, the ones determined to employ men somehow manage to dig a little deeper into their pockets.  When the sector stops expecting to be able to operate on the unpaid labor (and unreimbursed fuel expenditures) of women it will truly have come into its own.   



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