AFP’s latest Compensation and Benefits Survey is out today, and I talk with Nikki of Nikki’s Notes fame about some of the key data, including falling salaries, turnover and the persistent gender gap.
There’s a lot to talk regarding the survey, and I’ll be covering other data in future blog posts, but I want to focus on that last issue for a moment.
For many years now, there’s been a wide gap between salaries paid to men and salaries paid to women for doing the same fundraising work. For 2013, male fundraisers in the U.S. earned an average of $94,497, while women earned just $70,145. In Canada, the gap was smaller—$85,780 for men and $76,826 for women.
With the exception of a couple of years, the salary gap is usually over $20,000 in the U.S. and approximately $12,000 - $16,000 in Canada.
It’s mind-boggling that we HAVE to address it, especially in a profession where women outnumber men considerably. There’s no GOOD reason for the gap.
But we do have a responsibility to address it, and there are a couple of things we, as a profession, can do. First is the top-down approach, where we continue to highlight the issue with boards, senior staff and others involved in the hiring. I don’t think any organization goes out and purposefully hires a woman so they can pay less. But since people tend to gravitate towards individuals similar to themselves, it’s all too easy to hire a man when it’s quite likely the board and senior staff are composed mostly of men.
In addition to drawing attention to the issue at the highest levels of nonprofits, we’ve also got to ensure that women—and any other member for that matter—are positioned with the right skills, knowledge and experience to achieve those positions, if that’s what they want. AFP will be working to identify and build career tracks and education so women are prepared to apply for—and most importantly, reach!—the pinnacle of our profession.