As an employee of the Community Foundation, Rhonda Reichert has seen challenges non-profits experience to pay staff competitive wages for the qualifications they bring to the job. Further to this, she sees employees who burn out because they are trying to accomplish more with less.
Like all businesses, necessary costs are incurred as our Community Foundation strives towards making an impact. While we expect that businesses invest in talent and innovation to ensure the best results, for the foundation and its stakeholders, there is added pressure for a not-for-profit to keep administrative expenses low, giving as much donated money as possible straight to “the cause”.
Working at a non-profit can be rewarding emotionally, and it also needs to be rewarding in monetary ways as well. In order to get the most competent staff to do the best for the organization, we need to ensure competitive compensation is offered including staff development, salaries, bonuses, and team building events. Creating this fund shows Rhonda’s support of our non-profits in taking care of the staff in a variety of ways.
We do good work at the Foundation and it is important to reward our employees in all the ways, so they can continue to help make an impact in our communities.
This fund will support the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta staff with staff development, compensation, and team building events including conferences and travel.