Commit to Create a More Just and Equitable World

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As I was preparing this newsletter – I really wanted to say something about what has transpired in the past 10 days and the racial unrest that has been pouring onto our streets.  But what could I say or offer to the conversation?  And what understanding do I really have of the issue?

I am a white women of privilege.  Not the “born with the silver spoon” type – but someone who could assume all the advantages of being raised white.  I assumed I would go to college, be judged equally when applying for a job, have opportunities to be promoted.  I assume I will be seen and heard when I walk into a room.  I assume I will be safe in most situations. I assume I will be treated respectfully in all situations.  And most of all – I erroneously assume that everyone is treated as I am.

I recently watched a 58-second video where Jane Elliott, an American schoolteacher, anti-racism activist and educator, made a simple request:  “I’d like to ask every white person in this room who would be happy to be treated the same way as this society treats our black citizens to please stand up.”  No one stood.  We all know there are racial inequities.  And yet we live everyday as if we are wearing blinders.

I would like to share with you a newsletter from an organization I have been privileged to work with in the past and the commitment they have made to help build a better future.  [CLICK HERE]

 

I, too, commit to walk without blinders and to do everything I can to help create a more just and equitable world.

Let’s Be Fair… It’s Time to Eliminate the Nonprofit Pay Gap

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By David Deschenes

Three out of four people working in the nonprofit sector are women, yet men hold a disproportional share of the highest-paid nonprofit jobs. In fact, the share of women in top management jobs decreases as an organization’s budget increases. Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fonte was the only woman named among the highest-paid executives leading one of the nation’s 10 top charities in 2018, according to a Forbes ranking.

This inequity starts at the very beginning of professional careers: women are paid about 7 percent less than men as soon as they graduate from college, according to a AAUW study, even among men and women who majored in the same field.

So, what can nonprofits do to address this inequity? For starters, look at your board. [Read more…]