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~ February 2005 ~ Topics

Salary Divide for Professionals

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that for the last four years women running U.S. nonprofit organizations and charities earned 54% less than their male counterparts. The median salary for a male CEO was $283,392, while women CEOs in similar sized organizations earned, on average, $184,212. The gaps were smaller at organizations with budgets of $5 million or less. In organizations with budgets of $250,000 men out earned women, but only by $1000, on average.

The findings are part of the "2004 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report." The final report included information on all sectors, and were taken from IRS tax filing information. The report also examined compensation by type of organization and location. The report is available through the GuideStar Web site at: http://www.guidestar.org. There is a fee for the full report.

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Panel Formed To Advise Congress on Abuse of Tax-Exempt Legislation

Independent Sector was asked to appoint 25 members of a panel to recommend to Congress legislative actions to help stamp out abuses at tax-exempt organizations. The Senate also asked the group to recommend ways to strengthen such things as governance, ethical conduct, and effective practices at nonprofit organizations. To see all appointments and the work of the group visit the Independent Sector Web site: http://www.independentsector.org/panel/main.htm.

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Training in Seattle on Managing Volunteers

Interested in training on the management of volunteers? Two days of training will be held in the Seattle, Washington area on Monday, January 24, 2005 and Tuesday, January 26, 2005. Sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Topics on the first day include recruiting, matching volunteers to positions, and partnering with corporations. The second day, designed for managers with two years of experience or more, include oversight and supervision of volunteers, advisory teams, and risk management. For registration information contact Patty Igo at the Snohomish Volunteer Center of United Way at: PattyI@UWSC.ORG or 425-921-3479.

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Washington State University Extends Deadline for Training Institute

Washington State University will offer the first face-to-face Volunteer Management Certificate Program at Port Hadlock from April 26 – 29, 2005. This is an up-close-and-personal version of the award winning online course. Hosted by the WSU Learning Center the training is in the shadow of the Olympia Mountains and across the Straits of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Join three top drawer faculty in an intensively interactive institute designed to hone your skills in organizing and managing volunteers. For detailed information visit the Volunteer Management Institute Web site at: http://emmps.wsu.edu/volunteer. Deadline for registration is extended to March.

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New Book on Recognition

Sharing Moments of Recognition Every Day! Dispelling the many myths about recognition, by Kendall M. Stiles is now available through the Volunteer Today Book Store. Stiles is a student development practitioner and community volunteer. She has extensive experience working with volunteers and professional staff as a colleague and volunteer. Her experience impressed on her the value and "long research" of learning to say "thank you" in a variety of ways. This book is only one of her efforts to help others learn the best way to appreciate the work of others.

The book is organized around a journal format and allows the reader to track their own activities and thoughts on appreciation and recognition. There are also hundreds of ideas, suggestions, and forms to actual do recognition activities for others. A must buy for anyone who manages volunteers or paid staff. Visit the Volunteer Today Bookstore for more information.

Details for Sharing Moments Book

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