I am an Operations Manager for a small non-profit in Washington DC. Outside of the president, we have 5 employees. During the hiring process in late 2019, I attempted to negotiate an increase in salary because it is below the base rate. My supervisor responded with "At this time, it is not in the budget."
Fast-forward to the beginning of the Pandemic...
Employee #1 received a 5,000.00 raise along with a promotion. She works in a different department and receives substantial raises at least once a year.
Employee #2, who started a month after I did and works in the same department as Employee# 1, also received a raise of 20,000.00 in 2020.
At the end of 2020, the board recognized Employee #3 was being paid below market rate, and they decided to give her a raise for 7,000.00.
The Board then sent out a memo at the end of 2020, stating "We, unfortunately, do not have enough funds to support giving any additional raises at this time, but we will ensure that everyone on board receives a COL (cost of living) salary increase at the end of the year."
Essentially, this meant that everyone in the company received two salary increases---except me. I've gone above and beyond my duties as OM, including heading its DEI Initiatives, developing and running a program that increased client engagement and attracted more individual donors (in the organization's history) for the company's last fundraising event.
The pandemic has been hard on most organization, but we are not suffering or in any financial distress. In fact, we recently had a fundraiser that did exceedingly well--and instead of ensuring equity in salary increase, the board recommended allocating the additional funds from the fundraiser to their Reserve funds.
Since I am the OM, I am also tasked with bookkeeping, analyzing budgets, and creating policies for new budget line items. I say this to bring attention to the fact that I am very clear about how much money we received in 2020.
How do I bring this up to my supervisor without jeopardizing my job? Is it too much to write an email voicing my concerns to the Board?