October 12, 2021
2021 Charitable Advisors survey reveals 57 percent of Central Indiana nonprofits expect to offer pay raises; 34 percent do not
The 2021 Charitable Advisors Central Indiana Nonprofit Salary Report is now available to the public online
Although annual pay raises are often considered essential in keeping valued employees, about a third of Central Indiana nonprofits reported that they would not be offering pay raises in 2021 — in the midst of one of the most competitive job markets in recent history.

Those statistics were among the findings of the Charitable Advisors 2021 Central Indiana Nonprofit Salary Report, issued following a tumultuous period marked by the COVID-19 outbreak, government stay-at-home orders, social protests and an economic crisis.

With 286 Central Indiana organizations represented in the anonymous survey — a record response, HR executives, CEOs and other leaders provided insight into the salary levels of 26 positions of nonprofit institutions varying widely in size and in annual budgets — from less than $250,000 to more than $10 million.

When asked whether they expected to increase wages for employees at their organizations, 285 of the respondents revealed a mix of answers in the 2021 survey. They are as follows:

  • 2 percent expected a decrease in wages
  • 32 percent expected no increase in wages
  • 8 percent expected a wage increase of 1-1.9 percent
  • 18 percent expected a wage increase of 2-2.9 percent
  • 25 percent expected a wage increase of 3 percent-3;9 percent 
  • 2 percent expected a wage increase of 4 percent-4.9 percent
  • 4 percent expected a wage increase of 5 percent or more
  • 9 percent had not yet decided or did not know 

Based on the previous Charitable Advisors Central Indiana Nonprofit Salary Report, released in 2019 before the pandemic, the number of nonprofits planning to offer some type of wage increase had declined — from 63 percent t0 57 percent. However, a larger number of nonprofits in the 2019 survey had not yet decided on pay increases — 24 percent compared to 9 percent in the 2021 survey.

This  comprehensive summary of 501(c)3 nonprofit salaries and benefits from 286 participating nonprofits and benchmarks 26 positions.
4 steps to proactively manage conflict on your board
Eventually, every board has some sort of conflict — whether it’s a small disagreement or a large difference in the direction its members want the nonprofit to take. The key to managing board conflict is to be proactive when the first signs of conflict develop, rather than waiting for it to snowball into a bigger problem. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

While every conflict is different, there are a few key principles we’ll discuss here to get you started with proactively preventing and managing conflict on your board. If you’re in need of help unraveling an issue on your board, please contact us for assistance.

  1. Communicate compassionately and often. Conflict in any interpersonal relationships often sprouts from miscommunication or misunderstanding between people. Ongoing silence during conflict often breeds passive-aggressive behavior and resentment, so if anything, over-communicate, and ensure you’re not assuming anyone’s motives. If there is a one-on-one conflict, make sure the two people can speak with one another outside the context of a larger board meeting. 
  2. Clarify and firmly establish roles within the board. In the early stages of conflict, it’s crucial for board officers and members to understand their roles as members of the board, and their roles in any positions they hold on the board. The law establishes some of this already; following these guidelines can protect board members and the organization from liability should a major issue occur. Establish or revisit your board’s code of conduct and the descriptions for the roles within the board to ensure everyone is clear on their responsibilities and any boundaries. This prevents people overstepping roles or failing to accomplish their responsibilities due to ignorance of their role. 
  3. Create an environment that encourages differing viewpoints. Many nonprofits are focused on encouraging diversity and inclusion within the board. One critical piece of this is encouraging differing perspectives. Rarely is there a group of people who truly agree unanimously on every facet of an issue. When a board becomes an echo-chamber of agreement, it’s often because people with diverse perspectives are being sidelined or feel as though their voice wouldn’t be heard.

Indiana Humanities has hired Marisol Gouveia as director of engagement. Gouveia previously served as director of membership and engagement at the Indianapolis Zoo.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis has hired Emily Vetne as a development associate. Vetne previously was a development intern.
Central Indiana Community Foundation has hired Fabio Yataco as a community leadership officer. Yataco was previously a Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate for the city of Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has hired Stephanie Hays-Mussoni as vice president of development. Hays-Mussoni previously was an associate vice president at the University of Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of CICF, recently awarded grants totaling $846,250 to organizations that align with the foundation’s five community leadership initiatives of: family stabilization, economic mobility, criminal justice reform, neighborhood empowerment and placemaking and dismantling systemic racism. See recipients

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has launched a $540 million grant program to support early childhood education providers facing challenges caused by the pandemic. Eligible childcare, early care and education, and out-of-school time programs will be able to apply for the grants, which are being made possible through American Rescue Plan Act funding the state has received. Read

Two child advocacy organizations in Central Indiana have announced plans to combine forces to further support families who have a child with a disability or special healthcare need. Family Voices Indiana, based in Fishers, and Indianapolis-based About Special Kids will merge in January 2022. Read

More than 700 employees participated in the Lilly Global Day of Service on Sept. 23. In partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, local communities and artists, volunteers planted hundreds of trees as well as painted vibrant murals to inform and celebrate differences within the community.

Aspire Indiana Health has been recognized with the "Advancing Health Information Technology for Quality" Badge from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which recognizes health centers that meet all criteria to optimize healthcare IT services. Read

Tindley Summit Academy, a public charter elementary school on the Far Eastside, has been awarded $25,000 from Old National Bank to open a library and learning center in their school.

The International Marketplace Coalition has cut the ribbon on its new Global Village Welcome Center in Indianapolis. The 56,000-square-foot cultural center features galleries representing all inhabited continents, an event hall, gift shop and other functional spaces. Read

Free math preparation program, Algebra by 7th Grade, offered by Purdue Polytechnic High School offers tutoring programs for students in third, fourth and fifth grades. Read
Cancer Support Community Central Indiana is looking for volunteers to help with its annual comedy gala, Laughing Matters, on Nov.13 in the Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre. Volunteer roles include assisting with setup, registration and a silent auction. Contact Kelsey Singleton at kelsey@cancersupportindy.org
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