Do you have special advice for getting a raise in a non-profit?
March 10, 2013 7:07 PM Subscribe
Getting a raise at a non-profit: I have looked online to no avail for any particular advice targeting non-profits. I don't know if there is a different approach to use or not. But there seem to be particular challenges related to this type of organization. For instance, most of my colleagues do it for the love of the cause, myself included, and we are all underpaid and overworked. Also, I am well aware that our organization is struggling financially.
posted by abirdinthehand to Work & Money (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have already approached my boss regarding this using the standard tips. I was pretty much derailed mid-pitch with: we don't have any money, times are tough, everyone deserves a raise. . . He said he would talk to the financial board, but no surprise- I have heard nothing. It was my first time asking for a raise, so I was not really on point once he started hemming and hawing.
My main line was that my job description has drastically changed, I have assumed these additional duties for the past year and performed exceptionally well. I have also enhanced a program that is only in it's third year now, so I've added a lot from scratch. I know for a fact that the originator of the grant has been enthusiastic about my work and expressed this both to my boss directly and to others in management.
I am planning to follow up with him with a copy of my initial job description and a detailed list of my additional duties. The rub here is that all my new duties are related to administering this $150K grant, so I know there is money there to give me a raise and I believe it would be inline with the grant to compensate me for the additional work on that project. I would estimate that these new duties occupy 1/3 of my time normally and much more in the busy phases of the project.
They want to keep the expenses of the grant low to funnel those funds towards general overhead. The bottom line is not that we don't have enough money, but that our institutional priorities have shifted towards marketing and other related cash cow departments like special events.
What is the best tactic to take? Should I seek support from other higher-ups? I have considered chatting up our COO regarding this as he has connections to the grant and has been noting my good work on the project.
I have been with this organization for a little over two years as a full time staff. I have had these new duties for about a year. Our department does not receive performance reviews. We do get cost of living increases, but no one has received regular raises in recent history. Other departments are ballooning with new employees, while ours is shrinking. In just the past year two people have retired and not been replaced, this has been an ongoing trend for the past 8 years or so.