Maybe I should have called this article ‘Why pay your fundraising staff more’ or ‘You aren’t paying your fundraising staff enough’ but Joe Garecht of the Fundraising Authority already took that title! Thanks Joe, for inspiring me today.
Check out these charts in Business Insider’s “You Should Be Mad As Hell About This”
Warning, there’s a link at the bottom of the charts that says “Here’s what we should do to fix it” and frankly, I don’t agree with him, we DO need to raise taxes on the rich, and he’s just not into that.
Anyway, I digress.
Recently, a friend of mine, who formerly had the title of Assistant Director of Development, was hired as a Development Manager. She’s got tons of experience and has raised TONS of money. Ah, and her salary? $45,000 a year. And she didn’t negotiate. And she was the youngest person who applied for the job, and the least experienced. I think they probably hired her because they thought they could get away with paying her less. She’s an incredible fundraiser, and deserves more.
But is her experience unique?
I did a quick job search of craigslist for how much people are paying fundraising people and LO. It’s just like the charts say. Wages haven’t risen in 50 years.
So, how did things get so bad?
Well, have you ever been encouraged NOT to share how much you make? Why is that?
Maybe we should all just be open about how much we make, so that we can all make more. we’ll be in a stronger bargaining position with HR, with the board, with others, if we demand more.
If you want to start to be open about how much you make, we’ve made a place for you to do that. It’s called OccupyPayroll. You can anonymously put in where you work and how much you make.
Go and check it out!
Any more reasons why Fundraising staff should be paid more?
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