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  • ACTS MATTER

    You get what you pay for

    Successful nonprofits depend on hard work of volunteers and paid staff
  • The whole question of why nonprofits have to pay staff and the push back from foundations and donors makes me crazy.
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  • As I sat through the city of Ashland social services grant process last month, I heard, over and over, questions about staff salaries. This reminded me of a grant application interview I had in the fall during which the interviewer asked, "And you are asking us to fund personnel costs?" with a look that sent me fumbling for words.
    "We serve bereaved people, and we need experienced staff to do that," I replied.
    I wondered then, and again during the Ashland process, why people think nonprofits should minimize staff costs and try to do it all with volunteers.
    The whole question of why nonprofits have to pay staff and the push back from foundations and donors makes me crazy. While there are great volunteers in our organization and others, ultimately, volunteers are not accountable for what goes on with the people we serve.
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