April 2016 Grants News | Results: Income Boost
Living Wages for Nonprofit Workers
|Above: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the wage increases in January.
Many nonprofit social service workers make poverty-level wages—less than $30,000 a year. These workers, mainly women and people of color, are teacher’s aides, caseworkers, and infant and senior caregivers.
With support from The Trust, the Fiscal Policy Institute
campaigned successfully to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018 for workers of government-funded nonprofits. The Institute researched the cost of the added wages, helped put together a coalition of nonprofits, and worked to ensure extra funding in the City budget. Our new grant of $125,000 will support the next phase: creating a career ladder so these workers can move up.