Narrowing of Gender Gap Slowed in FY 2007, New GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report Shows

Release date: September 29, 2009
Proportion of female nonprofit CEOs comparable to FY 2006 numbers

Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va.—The proportion of women heading nonprofits grew only 1 percent between FY 2006 and FY 2007,the 2009 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report shows.

Women held 47 percent of nonprofit CEO positions in 2007, compared to 46 percent in 2006 and 41 percent in 2005. As was true in previous years, in 2007 females were more likely to head smaller nonprofits, holding 56 percent of CEO positions at organizations with expenses of $1 million or less and 36 percent at nonprofits with expenses greater than $1 million. In 2006, women headed 55 percent of nonprofits with expenses of $1 million or less and 36 percent of those with expenses greater than $1 million. In 2005, females led 50 percent of organizations with expenses of $1 million or less and 34 percent of those with expenses greater than $1 million.

The 2009 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is the ninth annual edition issued by GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information. Derived from information on 157,406 individual positions at more than 99,827 tax-exempt organizations for fiscal year 2007, 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; analysis of 14 job categories; national, state, metropolitan statistical area analyses; analysis by mission (as determined by National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities codes); and information on incumbent compensation.

"Congress, the IRS, and the public are looking at nonprofit compensation more closely than ever," noted Bob Ottenhoff, GuideStar's president and CEO, "and over the past few years, the IRS has levied millions of dollars in penalties for excessive compensation. TheGuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is a valuable resource for establishing that the salaries and benefits a nonprofit offers are justified."

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