Women Nonprofit Leaders' Salaries Still Lag Those of Men, Report Finds

A report from GuideStar finds that the salaries of female nonprofit executives continue to lag those of men in comparable positions, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

Based on 2013 data, the 2015 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report found the gap for CEOs is widest at nonprofits with budgets between $2.5 million and $5 million, where women earn 23 percent less than their male peers ($111,183 vs. $136,882), and narrowest at organizations with budgets of less than $250,000, where they earn 6 percent less ($42,105 vs. $44,592). Over the last decade, the gap narrowed slightly at nonprofits with budgets of less than $1 million and of at least $50 million, while it widened at those with budgets of between $1 million and $50 million.

The report also found that the share of women among nonprofit CEOs overall fell slightly from 46 percent in 2003 to 43 percent in 2013, reflecting declines at organizations with budgets ranging from $250,000 to $5 million. The percentage of women declined as the budget ranges of the organizations rose, from 55 percent in both 2003 and 2013 at the smallest nonprofits to 14 percent in 2003 and 18 percent in 2013 in the largest organizations.

"Earlier in the century, women tended to really dominate at the smaller organizations and lagged behind at the larger organizations," Chuck McLean, vice president for research at GuideStar and the author of the report, told the Chronicle. "Today, men are starting to have more success getting CEO jobs in smaller organizations, but women are not having that much success in getting CEO positions in larger organizations."

Eden Stiffman. "Women Nonprofit Leaders Still Make Less Than Men, Survey Finds." Chronicle of Philanthropy 09/15/2015.