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Unions and Nonprofit Organizations

When I think of unions and organized labor, I think of groups like the Teamsters, UAW, and AFL-CIO which deal with workers in the Private sector, or Public sector unions like AFSCME and various teacher, police and firefighter unions.  The unions do things like negotiate wages and benefits for their members, amd then receive dues paid from workers' salaries.  According to an article in Wikipedia, “Union workers average 10-30% higher pay than non-union in America.” Unions are also responsible for giving us the 40 hour work week, overtime pay, and other things workers now take for granted.

A Good Development Plan is like a Healthy Diet: It Needs to be Balanced

When I was a kid in the 70’s, I remember watching a show called “Mulligan’s Stew” on Public Television.  The show featured a half dozen or so semi long haired urban kids of various races and ages who were in a band that played songs about eating a healthy diet.  Back then, the USDA suggested that a healthy diet consisted of four servings of grains, four servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of dairy products, and two servings of meat.  Hearing these kids singing “Four, four, three, two, that’s the formula for me and you” was kind of hokey, but my mom was a dietician who pushed a balanced diet so I was encouraged to watch the show.  It meant well and encouraged eating a balanced diet for good health.  It was p

Do Nonprofit HR Coordinators really Appreciate Volunteers?

After publishing last week’s blog, ”Revolving Doors and Musical Chairs”, I got an interesting response from a reader.  She was an older individual with still a lot of good years of work in her, and was a long time volunteer for an organization.  She knew the organization’s mission and programs well.  When a professional position opened up, she applied for the position and it was perfect fit for her skills and knowledge.  The NPO didn’t hire her, and the job went to a young person fresh out of school.  It’s a pity, because the NPO lost out in the long run.  Older candidates have a great deal of life experience and, this volunteer had working knowledge that the other candidate did not have,

Revolving Doors and Musical Chairs

Have you ever noticed when you read the job postings in the CNRG Digest, that you will often find openings for the same development positions at the same organizations once every year or so?  I have.

If it is Spring, It must be Event Season

While reading through the CNRG Daily Digest recently, one post caught my eye.




Elisa Klein, Editor of PortlandSocietyPage.com posted that there were ten fundraising events scheduled for April 14, of which seven were dinner/gala/auction events.


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