The fifth and final resource in our new series for employers: learn about the living wage for non-profit organizations. Non-profits have different operating procedures than private companies, but they can still become Living Wage Employers. 20% of Living Wage Employers in BC are non-profits!
While paying a living wage has business benefits, like improved employee productivity and morale, there are also wide social benefits of a living wage. These include more inclusive communities, vibrant local economies, and decreased health care and social service costs. The living wage also changes the conversation about how we value work - and shows that paying fair wages is one way that non-profits can serve their communities.
This resource includes tips for how non-profits can make the living wage work for them. We know that paying living wages may be difficult for non-profits, but our program criteria include some exemptions which may help non-profits to certify. We also recognize that paying a living wage is only one tactic for ending working poverty, and we welcome other strategies such as the work of social enterprises.