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Update: Department of Labor Renews Overtime Rule Review

by Jennifer Gray
Updated (September 1) From our partner, the National Council of Nonprofits A federal judge in Texas ruled yesterday (in State of Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor), as expected, that the Overtime Final Rule is invalid because the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority in setting a high salary-level test that denied exempt status to […]

BREAKING NEWS: Court Issues Injunction Blocking DOL Overtime Rules

by Mary Erin Casale
Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule Late on Tuesday, a federal district judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Overtime Final Rule, ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority. Barring a last-minute appeal, the overtime rule will not go into effect as scheduled on December 1 because of this decision. […]

Help Desk FAQ: What should you pay your executive director?

by Molly O'Connell
What should you pay your executive director? Nonprofit boards are responsible for establishing “reasonable and not excessive” compensation, that is attractive enough to retain the best possible talent to lead the organization. It’s an art, not a science, but to strike the balance, the board should use a three-step process referred to as the “rebuttable presumption“ used to establish […]

Nonprofit Compensation: Highlights from MANP’s Newest Report

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofits employ 1 in 7 Maine workers and are essential partners in our state’s workforce development efforts, so understanding nonprofit compensation trends is a critical element of attracting and retaining talent. What compensation trends stand out from MANP’s recently released Report on Nonprofit Wages + Benefits in Maine? 1. Nonprofits are more confident in the […]

How a Maine nonprofit saved $1.7 million

by Jennifer Hutchins
Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP), a large nonprofit in Waterville serving families in need, has saved more than $1.7 million over the past decade by partially self-funding their health insurance. Self-funding is a model through which organizations pay employee health claims out of pocket instead of paying a monthly premium to an insurance carrier. Once established, this model […]

2016 Survey of Nonprofit Wages and Benefits Now Open!

by Molly O'Connell
One of your board’s most important roles is to set executive compensation, and with nonprofits under increased scrutiny, having access to relevant and up-to-date wage data is a must. In addition, offering competitive compensation is important for both attracting and retaining key talent! We have found that national compensation studies do not adequately reflect the Maine […]

How One Maine Organization Has Saved Millions for Mission

by Scott Schnapp
Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) has saved approximately $4 million over the past decade. How? Their story provides important lessons that all large mission-driven organizations should consider when making decisions about how to attract and support staff in an environment of tight budgets. When KBH’s new CEO Tom McAdam was crafting his organization’s budget back in 2004, premiums […]

Women’s Equality and Your Organization

by Mary Erin Casale
Tomorrow is Women’s Equality Day. It marks the 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This success was the result of three generations of unrelenting, brilliant and courageous advocacy work. With little financial, legal or political power of their own, and working against a […]

Learn to Lead, Lead to Learn

by Molly O'Connell
The biggest resource of mission-driven organizations? People. In recent months we’ve been excited to see several high-profile organizations and reports highlighting the importance of investing in our sector’s human resources. We see the following three themes as a framework for fostering deeper sustainability, especially as many nonprofit leaders prepare to pass the metaphorical baton to a new generation. Create a culture of learning In the recent […]

The Creative Approach to Health Insurance Your Nonprofit Should Consider

by Scott Schnapp
Health insurance is likely one of the largest line items in your organization’s budget and therefore presents one of the best opportunities for meaningful savings that can be reinvested in your mission. Self-funding health insurance–the practice of an organization paying for individual employee health claims out of pocket instead of paying a monthly fixed premium to […]