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An advocacy group filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), claiming that the group is violating its tax-exempt status.
One of the facts of life is that business executives are rewarded handsomely for their work. Whether or not you think their compensation is fair is besides the point.Executive compensation is always going to be a hot topic, but it is even more scrutinized at nonprofits where there is an expectation of greater restraint. There have been many cases over the past few years of organizations getting in hot water because of perceived excesses, the most recent being New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s investigation of nonprofit executive pay in the state.The easiest way to determine whether executives at your nonprofit are being paid appropriately is to look at what the big wigs at similar organizations are making. In NPT’s 2011 Salary and Benefits Report, we see that the size of the nonprofit plays a big role in the compensation of executives. Organizations with an operating budget of $0 to $499,999 gave top employees an average salary of $55,766. This number ballooned to $166,867 when the budget was $50,000,000 or more.The field the agency is in also plays a big role in executive compensation. Our report shows that the Healthcare Sector, which is in great demand, gives out an average salary of $100,603. International/Foreign Affairs salaries are even higher, topping out at $110,057. The area that paid the lowest was the Arts, at $67,454. This isn’t too much of a surprises at these institutions have seen a lot of funding cuts in recent years.
Do you want to find out everything there is to know about an interviewee? Here’s a hint: Stop asking interview questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no.” Making your applicants think will increase the likelihood that you will get a quality answer. As the old saying goes, ask a simple question and you’ll get a simple answer.
The nonprofit world lost two influential people in April, one a former Nixon staffer who founded Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM), and another who led the growth of one of today’s largest animal welfare charities. Charles W. “Chuck” Colson, disgraced-Nixon-staffer-turned-prison minister, died on April 21 in Falls Church, Va., and John A. Hoyt, former president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), died April 15 in Fredericksburg, Va. Both men were 80.
Just how much money does someone need to earn each year to be considered one of “those people who have a lot money” to support nonprofits? It doesn’t really matter, apparently, as non-donors of any income level consider other people the ones with enough income to give to charity, at least according to a recent survey.
Your resume is likely the first thing an employer will see when you apply for one of its positions. They say that first impressions are everything, so don’t be surprised if just one glaring mistake is enough to disqualify you.
What is a vegetable spoon, and why does it cost a month’s rent? One or more lucky nonprofits might soon find out.
There are some who claim there are too many lawyers in the world. Yet in the nonprofit sector, that hasn’t always been the case.Lesley Rosenthal, author of Good Counsel, wrote in her latest blog post that nonprofit legal jobs used to be all but non-existent. The legal counsel at NYC-based Lincoln Center consisted of just her and an executive assistant. Keep in mind that this is not some tiny organization; it’s one of the largest and most successful performing arts centers in the world.Times have changed since then, and executive directors have been convinced that it’s absolutely necessary to have a sizable legal counsel within the organization. As you might expect, this kind of job is in high demand. Rosenthal suggested the following tips to land one of these coveted positions:
You can read the rest of Rosenthal’s blog post on her website.
- You need to build up your resume. Accumulate experience drafting and negotiating contracts. Study nonprofit law, governance, and compliance basics. You should also gain an understanding of how business laws and regulations apply in the sector, and how they differ.
- Do volunteer work and/or serve on a board.
- Build your network through social networking, bar associations, and legal education programs. Send your resume to search firms that specialize in nonprofit job searches.
- Request informational interviews and ask your contact for suggestions about others you should meet.
- Show your passion for the cause. For example, get involved with relief work in a troubled area, raise money for the mission, etc.
- Keep up-to-date on the latest news from the sector. The NonProfit Times is a a pretty good source for this (hint, hint). This is also a good way to determine which organizations may be hiring in the future.
Whereas the for-profit world spends a great deal of money on promotion, nonprofits have comparably fewer resources with which to work. Even so, organizations can still reach wide audiences through their promotions.
The former treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise was sentenced to 30 months in jail after being convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from the charity’s fund.