I have worked for my nonprofit organization in a middle management level position for almost 2 years. I’m ready for more money! While my work is extremely gratifying and allows me a great deal of schedule flexibility (I have 2 little ones), and autonomy, it has come to my attention that I make the same amount as the second level of staff that I manage with twice the responsibilities. Since I’ve started my employment, I’ve also earned a masters degree (working on a second) and brought a great deal of value and support to my branch of the organization that could justify the raise. However, the majority (possibly all) of my salary comes from a fixed line item in the budget (we’re contracted by another nonprofit each year), and I’m nervous about how much is appropriate/realistic to ask for because of that AND the fact that the city I live in tends to be on the lower side of national averages for pay. Can you offer some suggestions about how I can approach this conversation with the powers that be?