Glass Ceiling Weakening for Female Nonprofit Executives, 2007 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report Indicates

Compensation rose more for women heading nation's largest nonprofits than for men in FY 2005
Release date: September 27, 2007
Williamsburg, Va., and Washington, D.C.—Female CEOs at nonprofits with budgets of $25 million or more realized greater compensation increases than their male counterparts in fiscal year 2005, the 2007 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report shows.

Median compensation for women heading nonprofits with budgets of $25 to $50 million rose 6.7 percent in 2005, compared to 5.5 percent for their male peers. At nonprofits with budgets greater than $50 million, female CEOs' median compensation grew 8.4 percent, whereas men's increased 7.1 percent.

Despite these gains, women's compensation continued to lag behind men's in FY 2005. Between FY 2000 and FY 2005, however, the gender gap narrowed significantly. In FY 2000, median compensation for male CEOs at the largest nonprofits was 45.7 percent higher than that for women. By FY 2005, the difference had dropped to 25.2 percent.

The 2007 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is the seventh annual edition issued by GuideStar. Derived from information on more than 102,400 individual positions at more than 53,000 tax-exempt organizations for fiscal year 2005, it remains the most comprehensive nonprofit compensation analysis available and the only one based entirely on IRS data.

The report includes data on non-charitable organizations as well as public charities and private foundations; an executive summary based not only on this report but also on data for previous years; and information on incumbent compensation.

"Accurate, complete, and authoritative information on nonprofit compensation is more important than ever," noted Bob Ottenhoff, GuideStar's president and CEO. "Congress, the IRS, and the general public are looking more closely at nonprofits. Organizations must demonstrate that the salaries and benefits they offer are justified. The 2007 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is a valuable tool for navigating through compensation and benchmarking complexities."

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