Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce Survey 2023

  • Every organization that completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win 10 free tickets to our Better Nonprofit Management virtual workshops series

Compensation benchmarks across the nonprofit sector have changed drastically since the start of COVID-19. But there are still disparities when it comes to ensuring equitable wages for nonprofit employees. This year’s Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce study focuses on the compensation and benefit practices of nonprofits throughout New England. The results of this region-wide survey will be released as a free report and a searchable database in fall 2023. Public workshops are planned to help nonprofits effectively use this data as a strategic and benchmarking tool.

Supporting pay Equity

In sharing your organizational profile in this year’s Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce study, you are contributing to the sector's overall understanding of compensation and benefits equity. We can’t do this work alone. It takes true intentionality to build a more equitable future for all and that requires the inclusion of more voices, experiences, and perspectives in this survey.

The 2023 Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce Survey is supported, in part, by The Boston Foundation.

Collaborative Partners include:
Advocates, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Massachusetts, Alzheimer's Association, American Antiquarian Society, Arlington Housing Corporation, The Barr Foundation, Behavioral Health Network, Inc., Berkshire Botanical Garden, Berkshire Taconic Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Boston Public Library, Brookline Community Foundation, Cambridge Community Foundation, Child & Family Rhode Island, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Community Foundation of Nantucket, Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Essex County Community Foundation, Foundation for MetroWest, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hyams Foundation, Institute for Nonprofit Practice, Klarman Family Foundation, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute (LDBPI), Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, New England Innocence Project (NEIP) Penn Creative, Philanthropy Massachusetts, Providers' Council, South Coast Community Foundation, TSNE, TSNE’s Fiscally Sponsored Organizations, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Watertown Community Foundation, and Work, Community Independence, Inc.

About Our Work

For the past several years, TSNE has been looking at key trends in leadership, compensation, staff development and other areas that impact the resiliency of the nonprofit sector. Through this work we’ve published our findings and resources for free, because we believe this data should be accessible to all. 

In doing so, these findings continue to spark conversations and inspire decision-making that creates better strategies to build true equity. 

Historically, TSNE has been involved in developing these studies to continue providing nonprofit leaders with relevant data to inform and support equitable compensation decisions and practices. Our past reports have aimed to:

  • Empower nonprofit leaders to make informed hiring and pay decisions to more effectively plan for the future of their organizations
  • Help leaders explain compensation rates and policies to their employees and potential employees, in a meaningful context
  • Provide data that nonprofit boards need to determine appropriate compensation practices for executive directors and other top positions, as required for many nonprofits by IRS Section 990

Our reports include the Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce compensation studies (2017, 2014 and 2010), Opportunity in Change (2017, with The Boston Foundation), and the Leadership New England report (2015).

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