How the Survey Will Benefit Larger Nonprofits

The survey will be even more useful to larger nonprofits because of extensive changes that the Internal Revenue Service has made to the annual form 990 tax return.

Since 2001 the IRS has encouraged charities to go through a set of steps to ensure that executive compensation is set appropriately. On the revised form 990, the IRS has standardized reporting to make comparing salaries easier and requires charities to provide information about the process they use to set the salaries of employees who receive $150,000 or more in total compensation.

The survey will help you navigate through this process and will be a primary tool to help you document the rationale you use to set the salaries you pay your executives.

As a special bonus, for the 2015 survey we've added four new executive-level jobs unique to larger organizations: Chief Communications Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Information Officer.

Conducting your agency's own compensation and benefits survey to satisfy IRS requirements would cost you a small fortune, maybe as much as $5,000 - $10,000 to have a consultant to get you some usable comparables. A much better alternative would be for you to participate in the 2015 survey and acquire Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits: The 2015 Compensation & Benefits Survey Report for a fraction of this amount. It's a no brainer!