Are the values of your organization embedded in your HR policies? When you strive for equity, how do you avoid policies and practices that promote inequity at workplaces? When funding an organization, are you mindful and supportive of job quality at the grantee organization?
In the Class Action report, Staffing the Mission, the authors noted that “better pay and benefits are major pieces in the larger puzzle of increasing class and racial diversity in the nonprofit sector and reducing wage gaps in the US.” The social sector is weakened by staff burnout and turnover, in particular among people of color. The solution is investing in the people who do the work day-to-day, but their experience is often overlooked in the funder/grantee relationship. This session will cover foundation practices, such as low overhead limits, that contribute to poor quality nonprofit jobs. It will also cover nonprofit pay-setting, benefits, hours and work-life balance, organizational culture, and communication between funders and grant seekers, as well as between management and non-management staff.
Each participant will leave this session with a checklist of best practices and will create an action plan for their own organization. Nonprofit managers will gain tools for improving the experience of their staff; and funders will gain tools for supporting good jobs at their grantee organizations. Class Action hopes to inspire a wave of foundations committed to supporting their grantees to meet a set of benchmarks on wages, benefits, hours, decision-making input and working conditions.
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Class Action
Jamila Jabulani worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and has a passion for civic engagement, health equity, and grantmaking. She founded the Differently Enabled Integrated Voter Engagement Giving Circle and works as a consultant for Class Action.
Betsy Leondar-Wright, PhD
Project Director of Staffing the Mission & Senior Trainer, Class Action
Betsy Leondar-Wright, PhD, has worked with Massachusetts economic justice nonprofits for over 30 years. She coordinates the Staffing the Mission project, which aims to improve the quality of nonprofit jobs by shifting foundation practices and nonprofit HR. She is an associate professor of sociology at Lasell University. The author of three books on race and class inequality, Betsy has led over 200 workshops all over the US for United for a Fair Economy and Class Action on organizational classism, cross-class alliance building, the racial wealth divide, and economic inequality.