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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Nonprofit ‘Salary Secrecy’ Targeted in the Name of Pay Equity
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionOrganizations are facing pressure to be transparent about pay, particularly when hiring. Making salaries public could help close gender and racial pay gaps and end wage discrimination.
Nonprofit EmploymentEducation groups are hiring fastest while health-care organizations are lagging. At current rates, it will take until September 2022 for the nonprofit world to expand beyond pre-pandemic levels.
Grants RoundupAlso, the Knight and Annenberg Foundations jointly gave $6 million to create a memorial in Washington dedicated to slain journalists, and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation recruited teenagers to select the recipients of $4.1 million in grants for after-school programs.
OpinionStudent parents are often overlooked and underfunded. But addressing their challenges is critical to tackling many of the most pervasive and complex problems our country faces.
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Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
The furor over critical race theory is being funded at least in part by an obscure foundation that gives money to organizations leading the charge and is linked to a vocal opponent of race or gender equity efforts, including in philanthropy. James Piereson, president of the William E. Simon Foundation, appears as the most involved official, by far, among four officers and managers listed on the Thomas W. Smith Foundation’s most recent Form 990 filings from 2019. The Thomas W. Smith Foundation has given more than $12.7 million “to 21 organizations attacking critical race theory,” which in addition to the Manhattan Institute, include the Heritage Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Claremont Institute, and the Federalist online magazine, among others. (Popular Information)
A few recent controversies over workplace conduct and diversity issues shed light on problems that tend to plague small arts nonprofits. Staff or board members have left institutions in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York State, and Oklahoma in the last couple of years, complaining of improprieties or inequities. These organizations, which offer visibility and support to rising artists, often operate with few resources and little oversight, and decision-making can suffer. Board members might lack expertise or not understand their responsibility to confront questionable ethical situations, or sometimes high-profile executives use their ability to woo artists or donors to escape consequences for inappropriate behavior. (Artnet News)
- Charity and Politics: California Elected Officials Would Have to Disclose Their Connections Under Proposed Rule (CalMatters)
- Lee Pelton Has a Bold Vision for the Boston Foundation, but You’ll Need to Wait for the Details (Boston Globe)
- Pandemic-Driven Hunger Is Making the World More Unequal (Washington Post)
- Providence, R.I., Guaranteed Income Experiment Will Give 110 Families $500 a Month for a Year (Boston Globe)
- Maine to Make School Meals Free for All Students (Associated Press)
Arts and Culture
- Calif.'s Nonprofit Theaters, Facing a Shaky Future, to Get $50 Million in Aid (New York Times)
- Hit Hard by the Pandemic, Museum Workers Redouble Union Efforts (Bloomberg Law)
- Seattle’s Intiman Theatre starts new chapter with a new home and a membership option that can cost less than Netflix (Seattle Times)
- Genius at Work: 29 MacArthur Fellows Show Their Art in Chicago (New York Times)
OpinionA new national campaign will raise up diverse voices from across the political spectrum in support of expanded national service. We call on philanthropic organizations of all stripes to join us.
FundraisingThe Susan G. Komen Foundation has experimented with fundraising challenges on the social media giant’s groups, Messenger, and advertising.
Individual GivingNew Study Shows That Majority of Donor-Advised Funds Are Sending Little or No Money to Charity Every YearThe examination of Michigan funds has given proponents of new Senate legislation to regulate donor-advised funds fresh ammunition. But not everyone agrees on what the numbers mean.
LeadershipNonprofit leaders and human-resource experts share advice to help bring employees back to the office safely and support — and keep — them in the process.
OpinionMidlevel Health Workers Were Essential During the Pandemic but Need and Deserve More Philanthropic SupportThey drove ambulances, administered oxygen, and kept the health-care system running when the coronavirus struck, but many of these workers struggle to advance in their careers without assistance. Grant makers interested in work-force development can help.