May 15, 2011; Source: Pensacola News Journal | The Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has a health operating budget of $11 million per year but until just recently its executive salary was a very reasonable $0. Betty Salter, a 78-year-old former teacher, led the organization since 1987 as a volunteer. The board expects that it will have to pay its next executive as much as $100,000 to lead this organization which started building 3 houses per year for low income people and now builds 45 houses each year. We find it unfortunate that the tone of this article emphasizes a need for a higher level of business acumen for nonprofit leadership jobs that are opening. There are other characteristics that are equally as important as a “good business resume.” But this is now the dominant narrative in some communities.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.