June 18, 2019
New Year, Higher Pay; Seeking Nominations, Grant Requests

January 1, 2019 — New Year means higher pay for some nonprofit employees... Nominations sought to honor nonprofit workers...Womenade Boston seeking nonprofits for grants up to $25K...IRS video resources for nonprofits.

A New Year Means Higher Pay for Some Nonprofit Employees

Massachusetts nonprofits that pay employees the minimum wage have to pay more starting today, as the minimum wage in the Bay State went from $11 to $12 an hour. Minimum hourly pay will eventually reach $15 an hour by 2023.

However, overtime wages for Sunday workers drops today from time-and-a-half pay to time-and-four-tenths pay, and will continue to decline until it is phased out in 2023.

Also helping to boost pay, if only slightly, is a drop in the state income tax rate that takes effect today. It will drop from 5.1% to 5.05%.

Come July 1, a 0.63% payroll tax kicks in to fund required paid family and medical leave, which takes effect in two years. Employers and employees are expected to share the higher tax.

Nominations Sought to Honor Nonprofit Workers

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state's nonprofit trade association, recently issued a call for nominations for the 2019 Light of Dawnn Awards, which recognizes Massachusetts nonprofit workers who demonstrate "compassion and unwavering commitment to serve those in need."

The awards honor Dawnn Ashley Jaffier, who worked in Boston's nonprofit sector, a victim of gun violence who was tragically killed on her way to a neighborhood celebration in August of 2014.

Deadline to submit nominations: Jan. 4. Details.

Womenade Boston Seeking Nonprofits for Grants Up to $25K

Womenade Boston, a Boston-based philanthropic giving circle dedicated to empowering women and teen girls in Greater Boston, seeks is inviting area nonprofits matching to submit letters of inquiry for grants of up to $25,000.

Womenade said it will award grants of between $20,000-$25,000 to organizations addressing the issues that women and teen girls struggle to overcome.

“The need is real and the need is now. With only eight cents of every foundation dollar going to organizations solely serving this population, Womenade is raising awareness of this disparity and working to make a change,” said Womenade President Susan Jarvis. “We want to hear from organizations doing the hard work and at the same time, we seek likeminded women with the resources to come to our organization and join us in collectively helping those who need creative solutions and programming to the problems that ultimately affect us all.”

Deadline to submit letters of inquiry: Jan. 11. Details.

IRS Video Resources for Nonprofits

The Internal Revenue Service reminds nonprofits that they can access a number of free videos to inform themselves about key issues.

Included are:
  • What new 501(c)(3) organizations need to know to stay on track

  • Fundraising guidelines, including important tax rules associated with raising money

  • Useful tips for filing 990 forms

  • Resources for applying for exemption, required filings, the latest form updates, and more.

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