I have had the pleasure/challenge of being employed by non-profit organizations several times in my life. Unfortunately there does seem to be a mindset that because they are non-profit, and usually “service” organizations, somehow they should be able to conduct their business on a smile and a handshake.
People tend not to take seriously their financial obligations to these organizations, and get offended when/if the organizations press for payment.
but as an employee, who didn’t receive a paycheck when promised, who ended up paying over $300 out of pocket for late fees, insufficient fund fees, returned check fees, cash withdrawl from my credit card fees, due to this…I can tell you that it really does matter that they get their money, as much as it does to any business that employs people and has bills of it’s own to pay. The power company, paper company, etc doesn’t cut the organization slack because they are non-profit.
So, while it is unfortunate that they have to play hardball…sometimes they really have to. I understand that you truly mean to pay, but it can be hard to tell sometimes who is a hard luck case, who really is making plans to pay, and who is just taking advantage…so policies are set up that are simply applied to all, across the board.
I recently quit yet another non-profit job. On the day I handed in my resignation, they owed me in excess of three months pay. Even good hearted, well meaning people simply have bills to pay. Just like you do. Don’t take this personally. It is simply a money matter, tough, but neccessary.