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Boys & Girls Clubs boosts minimum wage

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc. is raising its minimum wage.

Effective June 1, the nonprofit's minimum pay will be $14 per hour, according to a news release. That's up from $11.15 per hour currently, said Didem Koroglu, the nonprofit's director of development.

“From the first phase of our COVID response to the post-pandemic period and beyond, our front-line staff continue to be an incredible and consistent presence in the lives of our club members by providing a safe and nurturing environment in very uncertain times," BGCS CEO Brandy Harris said in the release. "By offering competitive wages, we want to recruit and retain talented, adaptable and engaging staff who are passionate about building great futures for kids who need us."

Youth development professionals are slated to receive a 25% per hour wage increase, and several full-time and salaried positions also will see pay hikes, officials said.

BGCS ranked No. 8 on Springfield Business Journal's list this year of the area's largest nonprofits. The organization reported 87 employees and a 2022 operating budget of $4.3 million.

The youth development nonprofit provides before- and after-school programs for children, as well as summer initiatives.

Worker pay was cited as a chief concern earlier this year in BKD LLP's 2022 State of the Nonprofit Sector report, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

"Historically, nonprofits have suffered from turnover because many of them do not pay as well as the for-profit world," said Dan Prater, senior managing consultant with BKD and author of the study, when the report was released in March.

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