Having been both on the side of receiving a low salary, and on the side of trying to add more (much needed) staff on a very tight budget, I can vouch for the fact that low salaries hurt the nonprofit sector. They also decrease its diversity - many of the people who could afford to work for the salary I was offering were white women who had husbands earning enough that the money wasn't as large of a factor. I've lost valuable passionate employees who just couldn't afford to work for the organization.
One way we start to shift this is by changing our narrative about the sector. It's not a sector full of do-gooders willing to sacrifice. Yes, that is true. But it is also a sector full of professionals who are adding important social and economic value to our society, who deserve and need to be adequately compensated.
This post was prompted by the following article: https://www.classy.org/blog/low-nonprofit-salaries-costing-you-money/?utm_content=bufferddfed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer