Help! New start-up nonprofit founder decides he does not want to compensate long-time, invaluable founding volunteer with a paid position!
Has anyone ever experienced a nonprofit founder, for reasons unstated (and completely personal, not at all professional) fighting against paying his loyal, well-qualified, well-respected co-founder who has volunteered his time to successfully get our new nonprofit up-and-running? I suspect the founder’s reluctance to ask for donations from other well-resources churches to fund the salaried position for his co-founder has to do with power and control and less to do with actually asking for funding for a salaried position. The poor Co-founder has now had to approach the board to advocate for a paid position for himself in the budget, as the founder and director has not even proposed this salaried position to the board. Am I making any sense? I’m a founding volunteer as well and am not asking for compensation but I know the cofounder deserves to be paid and should be hired and continue on full time as Director of Development. This is such a mess. I’m hoping that the board, now that they are aware of the cofounder’s desire to continue on as a full time employee (he has volunteered to establish the organization, get the 501c3 status, direct operations, etc. for the past 6 months as a volunteer) they will do the right thing and agree the cofounder’s position needs to become part of the operational budget. If anyone out there has ever experienced this kind of nonsense, would you please advise me? I know the cofounder deserves support and is the best person for the Director of Development position. I would like to help him if I can. Your advice is appreciated. I’m sorry for the confusing post but i’m grasping at straws here and am desperate to help before the founder derails a really effective, impactful nonprofit community center because he feels his authority is going to be undermined.