On November 22, Colorado Nonprofit Association sent a letter to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilwoman Robin Kniech expressing support for establishing a minimum wage for people working in Denver.
We support CB 19-1237 which establishes and increases Denver's minimum wage as follows:
- $12.85 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020
- $14.77 an hour in Jan. 1, 2021
- $15.87 an hour on Jan. 1, 2022
- Annual inflationary adjustments in future years
We supported this change because raising the minimum wage will help move over 90,000 residents, workers, and families closer to self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life. Increasing the income of these residents will allow them to put more money into Denver's economy and reduce their demand for services from nonprofits.
Nonprofit employees constitute about 15% of the employees who will see their wages increased as a result of this change over the next three years. Increasing the minimum wage will also benefit these nonprofit employees, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet just like the people nonprofits serve.
In our letter, we call on Denver to help nonprofits, particularly those cost-burdened by this change, by adjusting reimbursement rates in current grants and contracts, seeking opportunities to support nonprofits' work through increased appropriations and indirect costs, and collaborating with nonprofit organizations on common goals.