The Edyth Bush Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Rollins College has rolled out the 2017 Central Florida Nonprofit Benefits and Compensation Report. This report summarizes information gleaned from surveys of 161 local nonprofit organizations from 7 Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia. Churches, schools, colleges/ universities, hospitals and private non-operating foundations were excluded to prevent large organization skewing the data. The median operating budget is $1,222,312.
The report reveals some positive facets of the sector here in Central Florida:
- The industry is showing growth.
- The Nonprofit sector appears to be stable. Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector is often the last of economic sectors to recover after a recession.
- Significant addition of professional jobs.
- The size of organizations are growing.
- Reported salaries have increased above the cost of living.
- More retirement benefits are offered.
The report also reveals improvements still to be made:
- Gender equality – Sixty-three percent of the participating organization’s executive directors are female; 37 percent are male. On average male CEO/EDs earn significantly higher pay than females.
- Retention – Organizations reported 20% staff turnover of full time and part-time staff.
- Providing a living wage – The report contains details on the compensation (base pay and total compensation) for 147 positions with several variables, including organizations’ annual expenses, field of service and total number of employees.
I’m not concerned that an average executive director is making $109,077. They work hard managing the entire organization fundraising, human resources, strategic planning, programs and representing the organization to the general public. I continue to be disturbed that for women the pay is less. For the female ED’s the pay 11% less than male counterpoints. Granted gender inequality is seen across all industries, but more needs to be done.
Thank you to Fairwinds Credit Union for sponsoring the report. This report is a useful tool for all nonprofits in the Central Florida area. To download your copy, visit the Edyth Bush Institute. It’s free! While there check out all the classes and workshops available. Also check out their Nonprofit Consultants Directory. I’m listed. Please call me if I can be of assistance to your nonprofit.
I recently saw another reference to fundraisers being the unicorns of the nonprofit sector, because we are magical in our efforts to make the world a better place. Seriously? There are otherwise intelligent Board of Directors and Executive Directors that actually believe that fundraisers create money out of thin air like magic. Fundraisers are not mythical creatures that sprinkle pixie dust. Fundraisers are not cute fluffy creatures with magical cones on their head and farts of rainbows.
Fundraisers are bad ass. Fundraisers work hard. We train. We practice. We hone our skills. We take hard knocks, get up, brush ourselves off and get back into the fight. We are champions. We are gladiators fiercely advocating for the charities we represent. I do use my gifts and talents to make the world a better place. My armor may be lipstick and a string of pearls, but putting them on provides me with the emotional fortitude to take on the world. Is that so different from the metal coverings formerly worn by soldiers or warriors to protect their bodies in battle?
Dictionary.com defines “gladiator” as a noun from the Latin gladiātor, equivalent to gladi(us) sword.
1.(in ancient Rome) a person, often a slave or captive, who was armed with a sword or other weapon and compelled to fight to the death in a public arena against another person or a wild animal, for the entertainment of the spectators.
2. a person who engages in a fight or controversy.
3. a prizefighter.
While I don’t want to extend this analogy to fighting to the death, I do want to fight for the prize of financial stability for the organizations I represent. I am proud to be a professional fundraiser. I am a gladiator fiercely advocating to make the world a better place.
Shortly before Congress left Washington, DC for the Easter/Passover recess, broad nationwide coalitions of charitable nonprofits, religious congregations, and foundations made strong statements in support of the protections of nonpartisanship embedded in the federal tax code through the 1954 Johnson Amendment. This Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, signed by nearly 4,500 organizations, sent a clear message to Congress: maintain the current law that protects nonprofit organizations from partisan politics and being hounded for political contributions and endorsements. Nonpartisanship is a cornerstone principle that strengthens the public’s trust of the charitable community.
Learn more here: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/article/nonprofits-congress-keep-partisan-politics-away-nonprofit-missions