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August 10, 2015

Fighting $15: Nonprofits Fear Initiatives Could have Unintended Consequences

BY JEFF STEIN | AUG 06, 2015


Charles Houston, executive director of the Queens Center for Progress, a nonprofit that provides a host of services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, fears that without government intervention, the wage board’s decision will greatly impact nonprofits’ ability to retain workers who provide essential services to some of New York’s neediest individuals. 

“What differentiates nonprofits is that we have a very limited ability to increase revenue,” Houston said. “A commercial firm can raise the price of a service, or they have a profit margin and can fund a salary increase without raising prices. Neither apply to nonprofits. We’re a break-even operation.”

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