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  • Small Fundraising Budgets, Big Results

    By The NonProfit Times — April 26, 2012

    While there are charities with more than one million donors in a database, many have just 10,000 or fewer. Building from that small a base can be a challenge. And when it comes to small organizations, branding might not be what it seems.

  • Featured Nonprofit Job: Executive Director

    By The NonProfit Times — April 25, 2012

    Are you an animal lover that also has strong leadership skills? Then the Nonprofit Job Seeker has the perfect job for you.

  • Privacy Issues For Mobile Payments?

    By The NonProfit Times — April 25, 2012

    The popularity of smartphone has led to the rise of better payment technology. More and more companies are allowing customers to pay for products from their cell phones. Nonprofits are also jumping on the bandwagon, with the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) recently making their famous cookies available through mobile payments.

  • Do Your Telephone Skills Need Work?

    By The NonProfit Times — April 25, 2012

    The telephone can be one of the most powerful tools for your job search if used correctly.  While e-mails are always the easiest way to follow-up with an employer, the telephone presents an opportunity for the individual to connect a name with a voice.

  • Seattle Hates Junk-Mail

    By The NonProfit Times — April 25, 2012

    You think you hate junk-mail? Your hatred is nothing compared to Seattle’s crusade against unwanted mail.

  • Art Museum Director Paid $1 Million

    By The NonProfit Times — April 24, 2012

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY paid its director $1.04 million in salary and benefits in 2010, according to a report in Bloomberg.

    The article states that Thomas P. Campbell, who was named director in 2009, earned a 2 percent increase from his previous salary. Overall, he made $653,402 when the nearly $389,051 in benefits is excluded. That is way below the average for executives in the arts field, as shown by NPT’s 2011 Salary and Benefits Report. Still, it is comparable to other top museum jobs. The Museum of Modern Art’s head, Glen Lowry, earned $1.6 million in compensation in 2009.
    The increase in salary for Campbell coincided with the museum’s highest attendance levels in nearly four decades. For the year ending June 2011, attendance was 5.7 million, a 9 percent increase. This was due in large part to the wildly popular exhibit showcasing clothes and accessories designed by the late fashion designer Steve McQueen.
    A spokesman for the Met told Bloomberg that the increased benefits Campbell received was due in large part to his move to a museum-owned apartment in September 2009. The apartment, which is rent-free, is used for museum-related entertainment and events. The spokesman added that Campbell’s travel wasn’t part of compensation.
    You can read the full story in Bloomberg.

  • Human Resources Do’s And Don’ts

    By The NonProfit Times — April 24, 2012

    A nonprofit’s greatest asset is its talent. In order to attract this talent, an organization must have a Human Resources (HR) department in place that will implement the necessary policies and best practices.

  • National Council of Nonprofits Taking Over CLPI

    By Mark Hrywna — April 24, 2012

    The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) will transfer its training materials, curriculum and program content to the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) and wind down operations after 14 years of operation.

  • Advocacy Group Files IRS Complaint Against ALEC

    By The NonProfit Times — April 23, 2012

    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.

  • What Should You Pay Nonprofit Executives?

    By The NonProfit Times — April 23, 2012

    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.
    Your board should keep these numbers in mind when considering what to pay the CEO or other executive. If you want to learn more, purchase the 2011 Salary and Benefits Report. You should also make sure to participate in our 2012 Salary Survey, so these numbers can stay up-to-date.

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