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Nonprofit Salaries Fall Short
   
February 19, 2013
 
 

Nonprofit Salaries
Fall Short


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Our recent reader poll shows competitive salaries aren't in the nonprofit picture. And while no one works for a nonprofit to become rich, it seems a decent wage for food, shelter, and other basics would be nice.

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DC-based nonprofit workers averaged $52,480 salaries in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's almost $10,000 higher than the national average of $43,830. One reader comment said nonprofit salaries are only competitive for the top execs, while another thought organizations are offering low wages just to get by. Some say nonprofits require highly skilled and educated workers but can offer low salaries in return for fulfilling life-changing missions. Retention is also a problem: young people get professional development then move on to better-paying jobs.
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If there's a silver lining to the down economy, it's that nonprofits have been able to recruit talented workers even at the lower salaries, says Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington interim president Audrey Alvarado. Regardless, there's an effort in the industry to make sure nonprofits aren't taking advantage of workers, especially younger ones. She says nonprofits should work on offering generous benefits, professional development, and a positive work environment. Fortunately for the nonprofit sector, studies say work environment is more important than salary in job satisfaction and retention, she adds.

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Terri Freeman says the sector should look more closely at comparable salaries in the for-profit sector. As president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, she can't fathom an organization fighting homelessness having employees who are just scrapping by to keep roofs over their own heads.


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney at Martha's Table

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Martha's Table celebrated the completion of a $100,000 kitchen renovation project made possible by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Edward John Allera, co-managing shareholder for Buchanan's DC office, presented Martha's Table with a $30,000 check during its recent ribbon-cutting. Buchanan had pledged to match up to $30,000 in donations from its employees, other businesses, and the community in an effort to secure funding for the kitchen renovation, which began last month. Buchanan has more than 450 attorneys and government relations professionals in 16 offices throughout the East Coast and California. Martha's Table helps more than 1,100 people per day deal with the immediate effects of poverty and finds long-term solutions for them with education, nutrition, and family support services. Its new leader is Patty Stonesifer, the former Gates Foundation CEO. Visit www.marthastable.com for more info. To learn more about our sponsor, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, click here.


Get In The Truck and Love Bio

MdBioLab-truck
If you ever see this parked at a Maryland school, it's probably packed with students learning everything from chemistry and forensics to cell biology and genetics. The MdBio Foundation project, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is outfitted with 16 lab stations and visits schools throughout the state for not only hands-on science lessons but to also get kids interested in STEM careers. At least 100,000 Maryland kids have taken a turn in the moving lab.

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MdBioLab, which requires about $500,000 a year to run, has three instructors, including Tim Carter and Angel Mangus whom we snapped last week while they ran lab instructions at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md. With science backgrounds and young, fresh faces, they can relate to and hopefully inspire the students. This honors science class was learning about chemical reactions in protein enzymes. The moving lab has been hugely popular, with schools reserving time slots within hours of them getting posted to MdBioLab's website.

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MdBio Foundation recently hired Brian Gaines as its CEO to help run not only MdBioLab but also the foundation's summer camp, which brings students into Maryland biotech companies to learn about their work. He's also working with developers to create a mobile and web "serious" game that teaches kids hard-to-learn biology lessons. Brian comes from a business and nonprofit background, having run the Redskins charitable foundation before taking the MdBio job. One of his first jobs was opening the first Ben & Jerry's west of the Mississippi in San Francisco in 1990. (That puts him right up there with Lewis & Clark in terms of heroism.)


Interested in .NGOs and .ONGs?

PIR-Brian Cute
Have you dreamed of seeing an .NGO or an .ONG in your organization's web address? First off, dream bigger. Second, your dream may come true. Reston, Va.-based Public Interest Registry will make them available next year. For now, organizations can file a free and non-binding Expression of Interest online to receive alerts and updates on the status and registration process. PIR CEO Brian Cute, whose organization already operates 10 million .ORG domains, says the new domain endings will help organizations establish that they're trustworthy. DKRS Group, a New Delhi-based NGO was one of the first organizations to submit an Expression of Interest for an .NGO domain.


UNCF's Masked Ball

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The United Negro College Fund held its first scholarship fundraiser last Tuesday, with a Bourbon Street, New Orleans theme. Over 350 attended the "Masked Ball" at the JW Marriott in DC, donning feathered and sequined masks. This group represented event sponsor Reed Smith: Tyree P. Jones Jr., his wife, Melanie G. Jones,Tala Shahlavi,Rana J. Wright,Olivia Shay-Byrne, Erika Martin, and Washington managing partner and event vice chair A. Scott Bolden. Reed Smith also serves as the organization's bond and real estate counsel. (It recently won Best Bond deal of 2012 from the Washington, DC. Economic Partnership for UNCF's new DC HQ at Progression Place.)

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