TSNE Receives $125,000 Grant to Update New England Nonprofit Compensation and Leadership Studies

Boston, August 30, 2022 — TSNE has received a $125,000 one-year project grant from The Boston Foundation to fund an updated edition of Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce, a regional nonprofit compensation survey, and two connected pieces of research: Leadership New England and Opportunity in Change. Taken together, this grant will make possible critical research on current nonprofit compensation and benefits, staffing shortage challenges, and the support and development that leaders need in the present employment climate. With an eye towards social justice movements and COVID-19, the reports will also focus on the impact these and other events have had on outcomes for leaders of color.

The free Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce survey is a high-demand resource for nonprofit organizations and workers. The updated report will provide an accurate and comprehensive understanding of how the pandemic and staffing shortages have impacted nonprofit salaries and benefits across the region. First published in 2010, each version of the Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce survey has provided nonprofit leaders with the information they need to make equitable and consistent compensation decisions and practices. The survey focuses on small to mid-sized organizations and highlights common nonprofit positions that are hard to find in broader compensation studies. The report, in-depth analyses, and searchable salary database have been accessed over a quarter of a million times, and are used by executive directors, board members, human resources staff, and consultants in establishing pay practices across entire organizations, planning for leadership transitions, and critical research during strategic planning. Individual workers have also used this free resource to learn about current rates in the region.

“Nonprofit leaders need the latest information and analyses to make decisions in these rapidly changing times. We’ve had many requests from fellow nonprofits for an updated Valuing the Nonprofit Workforce survey, and the Boston Foundation’s grant makes that and other leadership reports possible.”

— Elaine Ng, CEO, TSNE

“COVID-19 and its related economic and social impacts placed extraordinary burdens on thousands of nonprofit leaders and workers across Massachusetts, in a sector that faced challenges even before the pandemic. This needed update will help us identify the best ways to support, develop and retain this generation of nonprofit workers and leaders.”

— Jennifer Aronson, Senior Associate Vice President of Programs at the Boston Foundation

Funds for this grant come from the Boston Foundation’s Permanent Fund for Boston, an endowed pool of funds built over more than a century by generous contributors who want to help the Greater Boston community thrive. Each year, the Boston Foundation distributes more than $15 million in discretionary grants and other resources from the Fund, which are largely awarded through a competitive process open to nonprofits serving the Foundation’s catchment area, stewarded by the Foundation’s Program Department staff and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.


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The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, seeks to bring the collective power of our region’s people and resources together to drive real change. Established in 1915, it is one of the largest community foundations in the nation—with net assets of $1.4 billion. In 2020, the Foundation and its donors paid $215 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has many partners, including its donors, who have established more than 1,000 separate charitable funds for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. With support from the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership, the Foundation also facilitates public discourse and action, commissions research into the most critical issues of our time and advocates for public policy that advances opportunity for everyone. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a consulting unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. To learn more about the Foundation and its work, visit



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