[News] A Silver Lining in the New Overtime Law?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately over the impact of the new overtime law and its impact on nonprofits. On one hand I absolutely see the negative impact. Nonprofits don’t have a magic faucet they can turn on to bring in more money to cover the added expense. On the other hand, it may expose quite clearly the ways the some employers in the sector have been taking advantage of the good nature of people.

Is it possible there might be a silver lining in this? Could it force us to begin to face the need to fully fund our work? Could we use this as an opportunity to begin a conversation with supporters about the importance of things like time off, continuing education, retirement plans, etc?

Just a few questions to mull over as you read more in the article from The Huffington Post included in the roundup below.

Happy reading!

Nonprofit News Roundup


How New Overtime Law Affects Nonprofits | Huffington Post. The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) has now released a final rule updating overtime pay protections for millions of white collar employees across America. Under the new ruling, employees with salaries less than $47,476 (with the level adjusted every three years) will be guaranteed overtime pay when they put in more than 40 hours of work in a week. This rule will sweep broadly across the economy, affecting working people and their employers in every sector. The new ruling does not come without challenges, particularly for non-profit organizations…

7 Ethical Dilemmas Facing Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Hub. If ethics were cut and dry, there wouldn’t be dilemmas; we wouldn’t have to use our moral compasses. Unfortunately, life is a little more complicated than that. In the nonprofit sector, there are various ethical and moral dilemmas that could creep in and bog down your straight path to doing more good. The number one reason donors said they don’t give is because they don’t trust the sector. Choosing the right path could help change that perception. Let’s take back the trust that good organizations deserve by brushing up on the top ethical dilemmas facing the sector.


The Emotional Combinations That Make Stories Go Viral | Harvard Business Review. Viral content tends to be surprising, emotionally complex, or extremely positive. However, our latest findings help explain why these emotional combinations are so effective at driving people to share — because they achieve the right configurations of arousal and dominance. When both arousal and dominance were high, the accompanying emotions were overwhelmingly positive and occasionally included an element of surprise. Admiration, happiness, and love were the most common positive emotions to appear in these instances…

15 Cause Marketing Ideas to Supercharge Your Referral Marketing Efforts | Duct Tape Marketing
Ever wonder what businesses want when they partner with you? Check out this post from your partner’s perspective: Once you decide which organization to partner with, brainstorm ideas about how you can get both your employees and your customers involved. Simply donating money every moth to a non-profit will certainly benefit the non-profit, but probably won’t do a whole lot to boost your referrals or increase loyalty to your brand. However, with a little bit of creativity…


The 4 habits of highly engaged donors | What Gives??? When you think of the most engaged donor at your organization, what sets them apart? Do they volunteer? Do they attend events? Do they donate a lot of money? Those are fantastic indicators of engagement, but this author is here to tell you about four habits that some of your donors demonstrate that don’t immediately flag their deep level of engagement, but should.

This annual report helped their appeal raise over $460,000 | Wild Woman Fundraising. 
“…we used our clients. It’s very real. We used real quotes. To me it tells a story about who we are, you know. Because many of our donors know us as one thing or another. But they don’t know the breadth of what we do and we really wanted to try to get that message across, and also, you know, to me the report is concise. …having the ability to have some real numbers in there, real quotes from people, to be able to tell our story but also to be able to entice donor base, entice people to create awareness, to advocate for the work that we do.


Fundraising for Introverts: How Introverts Can Stretch to Raise | Get Fully Funded. Most introverts either do fundraising from their desk or anything that’s 1-to-many, depending on their strengths. There’s nothing wrong with either, but the big money is in personal asks, which can be very scary for introverts, especially those who are fearful about asking or are avoiding rejection. The trick is in stretching. If your comfort zone is the lower left corner, the best thing you can do is learn to stretch up to direct appeals, grants, and monthly giving, or stretch to the right to events and speaking gigs.

Get Smart(er) About Your P2P Recognition Program | npENGAGE. In a recently released report, Turnkey explores the relationship between recognition gifts and fundraising, all while explaining what makes peer-to-peer participants tick. As it turns out, “our brains crave the positive evaluation of others almost to an embarrassing degree.” And it doesn’t even matter if the praise is coming from someone you know, or a complete stranger. Understanding how people respond to different sorts of recognition will help strengthen supporters connection to our organizations, and will help us avoid the pitfalls that are inherent in other types of recognition.

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