The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

BCNM is celebrating 20 years of partnership with the community building strong nonprofits! We will host partners from regional nonprofits, governments and corporations to celebrate this milestone. The evening will feature awards to 20 local leaders who have committed themselves to building the nonprofit sector, as well as live music and an array of appetizing drinks and bites.

When: April 23, 2020 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: Covestro Brightspace, Energy Innovation Center at 1435 Bedford Avenue, 15219
Who: 200+ key community leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and local government sectors will be in attendance. Attendees will include nonprofit CEO’s and board members as well as a number of corporate executive and governmental dignitaries.

Keep an eye out for more information about tickets, sponsorships, and the names of the 20 honorees as we draw closer to the event date. In the meantime, please email bcnm@rmu.edu for more information, or call Shelby Gracey at 412-397-6000. We appreciate our ongoing friendship and can’t wait to celebrate with you!

The 2019 Wage and Benefit Study is half price for 2020!

When you’re setting salaries, the Wage & Benefit Survey for Southwestern PA Nonprofit Organizations can give you all the comparables you need.  We are deeply grateful for the 188 nonprofit organizations who took the time to fill out the 2019 survey and made it possible for us to report on over 9,000 local nonprofit employees.  Thank you!

This invaluable tool gives you all the information you need to comply with IRS requirements for setting compensation packages, to remain competitive in your own retention and succession planning, and to develop organization-wide salary charts.

This bi-annual survey adds depth to our collective nonprofit management knowledge base and is especially useful for:

  • The IRS 990 form for nonprofits to benchmark executive compensation against the market
  • Boards hiring new executive directors or seeking to fairly compensate current staff
  • Staff leaders seeking to bring equity to their salary administration

As we prepare to gather data for the 2021 edition, the cost of the 2019 survey has been cut in half, and is now just $100 for nonprofits with budgets under $2 million, and $150 for nonprofits with budgets over $2 million. Once purchased, the research can be shared with anyone within your organization. Nonprofits who participate in the survey receive the results for free.

For more information about how to purchase your copy, visit bcnm.rmu.edu/ProgramsServices/ResearchPublications.

Additionally, we will need your help to gather the new data this coming September. Once again, the survey report will be distributed to participants at no charge. Contact Carrie Tancraitor at 412-397-6003 or tancraitor@rmu.edu to find out how to participate.

The Nonprofit Holiday Catalog: Submit your items now!

This “Giving Tuesday” (Tuesday, December 2) The Bayer Center will release the 2019 Nonprofit Holiday Catalog , featuring dozens of local nonprofits selling t-shirts, holiday cards, jewelry, calendars, pottery, theater tickets and more…and each time you make a purchase, you help a nonprofit!  We’ll be posting the Holiday Catalog on the Bayer Center website when it’s ready, and posting to Facebook and Twitter too.  Take a peek at a previous holiday catalog to get the idea.

To participate, nonprofits need to submit a 50-word blurb for your entry and your logo to Carrie Richards at richardsc@rmu.edu.  There is no cost associated with submissions…it’s our holiday gift to the nonprofit sector!  The deadline for submission is Monday, November 25!!

Don’t miss out! Questions?  Email Carrie Richards at richardsc@rmu.edu.

Changes to FLSA classification are coming in 2020

Your employees are classified as either EXEMPT (from overtime pay), or NON-EXEMPT (and thus entitled to overtime pay). Two things are required for a position to be classified as “exempt.” The first is that the position must fit into one of the categories of types of work that the Fair Labor Standards Act treats as exempt.  Secondly, the position is paid a salary (a fixed amount of money paid on a regular basis) of at least X amount.  For many years, that amount has been $23,660.  The Department of Labor has just announced that the new threshold number is $35,568.  This is to take effect on January 1 of 2020.

As of January 1, 2020, if you are currently classifying some of your positions as exempt and paying those positions less than $35,568 annually, you will have a problem.  You need to determine whether you want to increase those salaries to preserve the exemption from overtime, or lose the exemption for those positions and pay them overtime.  Consider taking these steps:

  • Do an analysis.  Determine how many employees you have that are in exempt positions but paid less than $35,568 annually.
  • Consider your options.  You can either raise the position pay to $35,568, or lose the exemption.  Which is less harmful?  Keep in mind if you have 10 administrative assistants, and 6 make more than $35,568 already, and 4 make less, you cannot simply elect to lose the exemption for the 4 who don’t make enough money to meet the salary threshold.  The exemptions are assigned to POSITIONS, not employees.
  • Be considerate of morale issues.  For whatever reason, people view “exempt” as having a higher status.  Even though they could potentially make more money as a non-exempt employee being paid overtime, they would prefer to hold the title of exempt.
  • Some of you have never done a careful analysis of exempt/non-exempt for your positions.  This is a good time to get your house in order.

If you are unsure of how to do this analysis, feel free to contact your employment counsel, or the author of this article for assistance.

James W. Southworth, Esquire
Principal, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
412-392-5371 Office
888-811-7144 Fax
jsouthworth@dmclaw.com

How Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up?

Not sure how your nonprofit compares to its peers? BDO’s updated benchmarking tool pairs comparative data with prescriptive insights to help you make decisions that further your nonprofit mission. Based on questions that take just five minutes to complete, the benchmarking tool equips you with:

  • Comparative data on key financial metrics, including operating reservesspending, technology investments and liquidity.
  • Prescriptive insights that go beyond the data to help you plan for the future.
  • A custom report with benchmarking data and recommendations for securing long-term sustainability—a useful guide for discussions with executives, staff and boards.

Take the Race to Lead Survey TODAY!

The Building Movement Project is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Race to Lead Survey. This short, confidential survey is open to anyone working for pay in the U.S. nonprofit sector. It focuses on experiences at work, views of leadership, and perspectives on nonprofits and race. By participating, you will contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector, and will help inform the next round of Race to Lead reports. The survey should take about 25 minutes to complete.

To thank you for your time, survey participants can enter a raffle to win one of six prizes:

  • Grand prize $250 Amazon.com gift certificate
  • One of five $100 Amazon.com gift certificates

Please take this survey before it closes on Aug 28

bit.ly/RacetoLeadSurvey

Please share this survey with your networks. Here is some sample social media language to get you started:

  • Twitter: Don’t miss this chance to MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Take the #RacetoLeadSurvey from @BldingMovement today and let us know what it’s really like to work at your #nonprofit. bit.ly/RacetoLeadSurvey
  • FacebookThe last #RacetoLeadSurvey from @BuildingMovementProject resulted in the popular #RacetoLead report series (www.racetolead.org). This summer, the #RacetoLeadSurvey is BACK! Don’t miss your chance to contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the #nonprofit sector. bit.ly/RacetoLeadSurvey

We’ve also created a google drive with visuals to include with your posts, a full media packet with even more ideas for sharing the survey with your network, and instructions for taking the survey itself.

Get your board moving together toward greater engagement with BoardsWork!

BoardsWork! is a highly effective and cost-efficient way to get your board moving together toward greater engagement, effective service and committed ambassadorship. And if you would like new board members with new skills and new networks, we can provide at least one new board member who has received at least 8 hours of training in board governance.

The program for nonprofits includes a custom four-hour retreat with dynamic facilitators, preceded by a governance assessment and board survey. Then your whole board receives 20% off Bayer Center classes for a full year (for further training on areas critical to your nonprofit).

Pricing is heavily subsidized from corporations and foundation support (80% discount) with a final cost of $250 for organizations under $1M operating budget, and $500 for those over $1M.

Sally Power, Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions told us, “Our experience EXCEEDED my expectations, and I felt the time was an excellent investment in our understanding, our relationship as a board, and in preparation for this stage of our growth! Our facilitator did an outstanding job, and I’m positively giddy with anticipation for our next steps!”

Local companies drive the matching portion of the program by sponsoring their employees to attend the BoardsWork! training and be matched to a nonprofit board. You may know people with influential positions in companies who have employees who would be great nonprofit board members. The company not only gives back to the community, but their employees get leadership opportunities that both engage and develop them.

The next training dates for business volunteers to learn all about nonprofit board governance are Sept 10 and November 6. We’d love to make some new connections and reach more nonprofits!