Female Nonprofit Fundraisers Paid 10% Less than Males
Employment as a chief executive officer, chief development officer, vice president, or director of fundraising is associated with a 25.3% increase in salary, compared to program director, department director, and fundraising officer, as reported in The Impact of Gender on Fundraising Salaries 2014-2018, published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Nearly 60% of men hold a high-level position, compared with 52.5% of women.
The AFP analysis was based on a survey of 10,628 fundraisers who work at least three-quarters time. State level data were not provided.
The overall 10% pay differential among fundraising professionals is slightly better than the national economy, in which, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center report, women across the United States earn 16% less than men.
Factors beyond gender that help explain the difference in pay include "years of experience, educational attainment, occupational differences, and other 'negative factors' – taking time off to care for children or other family members or otherwise interrupting a career for family obligations," AFP said.
"While it may be unsurprising that fundraising salaries are higher at very large organizations, for high-level positions, and for fundraisers with advanced degrees, the fact that gender contributed to a 10% decrease in salary for women is not trivial," the report notes.
Among key findings of the report are the following:
Last month, the Boston Symphony Orchestra agreed to settle a case filed against the nonprofit by its principal flutist, a woman who claimed she was paid significantly less than a male colleague doing comparable work, in what was believed to be the first lawsuit under the Bay State's new equity pay law.