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 reserves, spending, 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.
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
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
- Facebook: The 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.
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!
These classes are fully-hands on and almost sold out with just ONE seat left for the full Excel Day and 3 seats left for Introduction to Excel only. We’ll also be offering “Advanced Excel” this fall, so stay tuned and brush up on those Excel basics skills now!
Instructor: Sarah Thurston, Allegheny Department of Human Services
Excel Day: Introduction to Excel
Thursday, June 27 from 9 a.m. – noon
Learn Excel basics in the morning session, including worksheet creation, formula creation, cell formatting using “mouse pointers,” absolute cell references, and printing your worksheet.
Excel Day: Intermediate Excel
Thursday, June 27 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Learn more about Excel in the afternoon, including worksheet template creation and use, using functions, creating links between worksheets, database features, and chart creation and formatting.
Fee: $65 each or $115 for both classes. Don’t delay – register online!
Small businesses and nonprofits are increasingly faced with a laundry list of local, state and federal laws that regulate how they hire employees, how they treat employees after they are hired and how they discipline employees. Because these laws and the interpretations given to these laws by the courts frequently change, businesses and nonprofits should engage an attorney to “audit” their employment practices to ensure they are compliant. Such audits will decrease the likelihood of employment claims and lawsuits and, if such claims and lawsuits do occur, will increase the likelihood of a successful result.
At a minimum any employment audit by counsel should examine the following subjects:
- Background Checks. Do your hiring practices comply with federal laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), state laws such as Pennsylvania’s Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA) and the Medical Marijuana Act, and local “ban the box” statutes, all of which may limit the use of a prospective employee’s criminal, medical and credit history?
- Social Media. What limits exist on your ability to examine a prospective employee’s social media accounts when making hiring decisions?
EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS. Handbooks should be updated by counsel at least every 2 years to ensure that the Handbook reflects changes in the laws relating to discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, use of personal cell phones, electronic monitoring and discipline for off-duty activities, including social media.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICIES AND TRAINING. Despite a 10% overall drop in employment discrimination charges, the EEOC recently reported that sexual harassment claims jumped by 13.6% from the previous year and the Agency obtained a record $56.6 million in settlements and awards for victims of sexual harassment. These figures demonstrate the lasting impact of the #MeToo movement on the workplace. To avoid harassment claims from occurring and to best defend such claims if they do arise, counsel should audit your practices to determine:
- Whether your Handbook unequivocally explains that harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated and whether it includes concrete examples of the types of behavior that will considered harassment;
- Whether your harassment policy is disseminated to all employees;
- Whether you consistently enforce your harassment policy;
- Whether your policy provides a clear method for reporting harassment;
- Whether you promptly investigate all harassment claims and your policy clearly states that no retaliation will result from reporting harassment; and
- Whether you conduct annual sexual harassment training for managers and supervisors, along with separate training sessions for all other employees.
WAGE AND HOUR ISSUES. Any audit of your wage and hour practices should address the following issues:
- Do your exempt employees meet both the salary basis and job duties tests?
- Are the exemptions you are relying on recognized under both federal and state wage and hour laws?
- Do your practices relating to unpaid interns and volunteers comply with federal and state regulations governing the legality of such practices?
- Do your time-keeping practices for non-exempt employees, including rounding, meal breaks and travel time, comply with federal and state laws?
- Are your non-exempt employees compensated when they provide services from home?
- Are any persons you classify as independent contractors really employees due to the control you exert over such persons?
- Do you retain payroll records for the period of time required by law?
NONDISCLOSURE, NONCOMPETES AND NO-SOLICITATION AGREEMENTS. If employees are required to execute nondisclosure, noncompete and no-solicitation agreements as a condition of their employment, any audit should examine a number of issues, including:
- Are your Agreements enforceable under the applicable state law, some of which severely restrict an employer’s ability to enforce such Agreements?
- Do you include the language required by the Defend Trade Secrets Act?
- Are your Agreements used with all employees, even lower-level workers?
The topics and issues highlighted above are just some of the employment law compliance matters that should be the subject of any legal audit. As small businesses and nonprofits consider whether to expend the legal resources needed for such an audit, the old adage that an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” must always be part of the decision-making process, since the cost of even a single lawsuit is likely to exceed the legal cost of engaging counsel to review and revise your employment policies and assist in the training of your employees.
Larry Silverman, Esq.
The release of the 2019 Wage & Benefit Survey for Southwestern PA Nonprofit Organizations has received its fair share of news coverage. The new data was made public at the Leadership Briefing on February 1 to a full house of survey participants who eagerly discussed the results despite being greeted by a very snowy morning.
Dr. Carrie Tanctraitor chatted with KDKA’s Jon Delano on “The Sunday Business Page” on February 24.
Peggy Morrison Outon discussed gender pay disparity with KDKA News Radio host Lynne Hayes-Freeland on February 1.
Joyce Gannon covered the survey in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on February 1 with her story, “Women still face gender pay gap at Pittsburgh-area nonprofit firms.”
The 2019 survey is available for purchase. The cost is $200 for nonprofits with budgets under $2M, and $300 for nonprofits with budgets over $2M. Visit our research page on our website to find out how to purchase the survey, and to see previous iterations of the survey for the last ten years.