Female Nonprofit CEOs Continue to Earn Less Than Their Male Counter

Release date: June 24, 2002
Female nonprofit heads earned less than their male counterparts in fiscal year 2000, according to the 2002 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report. Released today, the report confirms that the gender gap GuideStar identified last year for FY 1998 and 1999 continued into FY 2000.

The GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report presents the most comprehensive information available on nonprofit salaries and benefits and is the only such study based exclusively on IRS data. GuideStar president Robert G. Ottenhoff stated, "I am delighted to announce the release of GuideStar's second annual Nonprofit Compensation Report. The report enables us to put nonprofit salaries and benefits into context and for the first time is available in state and local editions as well as the national edition."

The 2002 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report shows that compensation for female CEOs lagged at nonprofits of all sizes in FY 2000. As was the case in FY 1998 and 1999, the biggest gap occurred in organizations with revenues of more than $50,000,000.

Median Nonprofit CEO Compensation:By Budget Size and Gender, FY 2000

Budget Size—Ratio of Female Compensation to Male Compensation*

$250,000 or less–86%
More than $50,000,000–69%

*Rounded to nearest whole number

Source: 2002 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report

The report includes information on at least one paid position for more than 65,600 public charities. The data were compiled from the Forms 990 and 990-EZ that the nonprofits filed with the IRS for FY 2000. (With the exception of faith-based organizations, tax-exempt organizations with incomes of more than $25,000 are required to file Form 990 or 990-EZ annually.) Other nonprofit compensation reports are based on surveys that the organizations complete voluntarily.

Data are presented on 14 job categories:

  • CEO/executive director
  • Top administrative position
  • Top business position
  • Top development position
  • Top education/training position
  • Top facilities position
  • Top financial position
  • Top human resources position
  • Top legal position
  • Top marketing position
  • Top operations position
  • Top program position
  • Top public relations position
  • Top technology position
Organizations are coded into as many as 9 categories according to budget size and more than 250 metropolitan statistical areas. To enable users to compare nonprofits that have similar missions and programs, the report assigns organizations to 378 program categories.

The report is of particular relevance in the wake of "intermediate sanctions" regulations, which impose fines when certain individuals associated with a federally tax-exempt entity receive compensation that exceed the value of goods, services, or donations they have provided the organization. The IRS issued final regulations on intermediate sanctions on January 23, 2002.

Nonprofit executives, board member, CPAs, attorneys, business consultants, policymakers, researchers, universities, and other parties interested in the nonprofit sector will find the report especially valuable.

Fully searchable versions of the 2002 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report are available in Portable Document Format (PDF) or on CD-ROM. A printed edition is also being offered. Discounts are available for nonprofit organizations that participate in GuideStar.

The 8 regional reports and the states they contain are:

  • New England–Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Mideast–Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.
  • Southeast–Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Great Lakes–Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Plains–Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Rocky Mountain–Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming
  • Southwest–Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Far West–Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington
State reports are available for California and New York, as is a report for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan statistical area.

The previous volume in the series, the 2001 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, is available for purchase in PDF format and on CD-ROM.

To view a free on-line preview of the 2002 report, go to www.guidestar.org. For information on obtaining a copy of the report, go to www.guidestar.org or call 1-800-421-8656.

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