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Executive Director Transition? Consider an Interim

Executive Director Transition?  Consider an Interim
Is your Executive Director about to retire? Hardly any nonprofit is ready for that, no matter how many discussions you’ve had about succession planning. The impulse is to hire someone—anyone—right away, or to make the second-ranking person the boss. But here’s a better idea: hire an Interim Executive Director. She’ll keep the lights on while... Read more »

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted
The National Labor Relations Board goes after a union-busting nonprofit. Unexpected from a Republican administration, but very welcome. Once more, with feeling: the job of nonprofits is to combat poverty, not create it. And remember, the reason social services aren’t provided by the government is that public sector employees are unionized. The growth of nonprofit... Read more »

Charities should fight poverty, not create it

Charities should fight poverty, not create it
The job of the charitable sector is to fight poverty, not create it. Someone should mention that to the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Bravo to the SEIU for calling attention to the issue with a one-day strike of child-care workers. In the wake of the West Virginia teachers’ successful job action, it seems like unions... Read more »
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Donations to Advance the Minimum Wage Increase?

Donations to Advance the Minimum Wage Increase?
A fascinating proposal for advancing the minimum wage increase: use workplace giving. Naturally, the bosses complain–but it’s the workers’ money!

High-skills volunteers stand out in agency merger

The merger of these two groups dedicated to connecting Chicago nonprofits with volunteer resources will nonetheless leave in place the separate program which asks women to use their professional skills pro bono. As someone who works with agencies to deploy high-skills volunteers, the Nonprofiteer applauds the group’s understanding that there are volunteers, and then there... Read more »

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better
This article from our colleagues at the Nonprofit Quarterly examines what it takes for a nonprofit to make the most and best use of volunteers.  As it happens, the Nonprofiteer focuses part of her practice on this very question, with particular focus on high-skills volunteers.  Her version of the material in this article: volunteers are... Read more »
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Remember overtime pay? It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!

Remember overtime pay?  It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!
Remember overtime pay?  The Department of Labor is about to restore it–and yes, nonprofits will have to comply along with the rest of the business community.  Hooray!  And if any nonprofit Board member predicts the end of the world as we know it because of the requirement, ask him/her how much s/he is giving to... Read more »

Low pay at nonprofits: a worm's-eye view

The Nonprofiteer rarely publishes the work of anyone else, but if ever there was a case for an exception it’s this post about the low pay at nonprofits.  ProgChik drills down into the f***ed-up world of nonprofit compensation (or nonprofit noncompensation, as the case may be).  Many thanks to the author for permitting me to... Read more »

Gender gap in nonprofits, the sequel: we're worse paid, AND there are fewer of us

Gender gap in nonprofits, the sequel: we're worse paid, AND there are fewer of us
More gender gap! GuideStar reports that there are fewer women running nonprofits this year than last, AND that we’re paid worse.   No wonder we do this work!  
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Gender Gap in Pay Persists in Social Enterprise--but women are happy!

Gender Gap in Pay Persists in Social Enterprise--but women are happy!
A study from the UK shows that the gender gap in pay persists even in social enterprises, but that women social entrepreneurs are nonetheless happier than their male counterparts.  The Nonprofiteer wonders if this means that women are particularly stupid, or if we’ve just learned to be content with the crumbs we get. We find... Read more »
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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at DuelingCritics.net. Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at KellyNFP@yahoo.com.

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