Jon Pratt of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits uses a tongue-in-cheek version of the familiar Salary Calculator model to comment trenchantly on the indiscriminate -- and not so indiscriminate -differences in how nonprofit staff get paid:
How much should you be paid for your nonprofit job?
What . . . you want to get PAID? You mean an actual salary, not just a stipend, and for a nonprofit job that is not solely volunteer? Don't forget to factor in all of the psychic income you get knowing you are making the world a better place! After all, you are doing the Lord's work, so your reward may not be in this life but in the next. Plus, there is the prestige and halo effect - that has to be worth something!
Even after taking these not inconsiderable intrinsic rewards into account, you might still wonder whether you are getting paid the right amount of actual money (probably not) or whether one of your co-workers is getting paid the right amount (probably too much). The following fourteen data points provide a "scientific" formula (created by someone with two advanced degrees, neither of them in a scientific field) that you can use to check your salary against cruel reality:
1. Start by entering your organization's total budget here: ____________
Then enter the . . . Read more