Lodestar Center releases Nonprofit Compensation, Benefits Report

January 10, 2011

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation released its 2010 Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report for Maricopa County and Pima County nonprofit organizations today. The 73-page report contains compensation data across 58 different nonprofit job categories, as well as findings on employee retirement, insurance, and paid days off. It also details salary and demographic information on nonprofit executive directors.

This is the fourth publication in the nonprofit compensation research series conducted by the ASU Lodestar Center. The Center researches and reports on nonprofit compensation and benefits every three years; the report is designed to help nonprofit organizations make decisions regarding hiring, salaries, and benefits. The study was last published in 2007; this is the second time the study has included Pima County. Download Full Image

“Our report reveals important data that is not otherwise available when looking specifically at Arizona-based nonprofits within the urban centers of our state,” said Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the center and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development. “Employees are the most valuable asset of any nonprofit organization, and having this comparative data helps leaders secure and keep their talent. Therefore, there is a high demand for this type of research,” Ashcraft added.

The report is an aggregation and analysis of data reported by 243 nonprofit organizations; data were collected on a total of 10,307 employees.  The findings are critical to nonprofit managers to remain competitive in an environment marked by a small pipeline of experienced practitioners.

“The Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report provides important reference points for nonprofit organizations,” said Deborah J. Gilpin, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Phoenix. “I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release, knowing that this critical information can help us attract and retain the best possible staff given the resources we have.”

The report also reveals interesting trends within the sector. The median executive director salary is $92,250, although executive director compensation varies widely based on organization budget size and type. The findings on nonprofit executive directors show a gradual shift away from the predominance of female executive directors in smaller nonprofits and male executive directors in larger ones.  

A large majority of nonprofit executive directors are female (64 percent), and the only category in which nonprofits are more likely to have a male executive director was that of the $10 million or higher annual budget category, in which 63 percent of executive directors are male.    

"As a non-profit executive in Pima County, it is important that I am able to be competitive with my peers in salaries and benefits, in order to hire the most qualified employees as well as make sure I reduce turnover of current staff,” said Sue Krahe, executive director of Our Family Services. “Research in this arena helps all nonprofits better plan for the future. The ASU Lodestar Center plays an important role by obtaining the information and making it useable."

The 2010 Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report is available to nonprofit organizations for $150, and $300 for all other organizations and individuals. A brief highlight of the report is available on the center’s http://lodestar.asu.edu" target="_blank">website. Organizations that provided information for the survey will receive a complimentary copy.

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Student finds college experience exciting and humbling

January 10, 2011

Coming to ASU as a freshman was a “jarring” and humbling experience in many ways for Neil Saez of Irvine, Calif.

A top student in high school, he got his first C on an essay. He worked harder in his Human Event class than he ever thought possible. And he learned how to talk about his Christian faith calmly and openly with others who didn’t share his beliefs. Download Full Image

“So much of the academic life is spent deconstructing what you know, and admitting that you know nothing,” says Saez. “That isn’t bad, in fact it’s a big part of what college is about. I had to find a balance between knowing when to listen, and knowing when to speak my heart.”

Saez grew up as the son of a biomedical consultant who also is the president of a non-profit organization, Friends of the Orphanages. Faith, and volunteering regularly in an orphanage near Ensenada, Mexico, were a big part of his upbringing.  

Those experiences have shaped his life goals, which include becoming a reconstructive surgeon and returning to the orphanage to improve the lives of less fortunate and disfigured children.

Currently Saez is a bioengineering sophomore with a 4.0 GPA, though he struggled in that freshman humanities class in Barrett, the Honors College.                      

“The best way to describe the class would be a mixture between philosophy, English and debate,” he says. “It was a truly intellectually stimulating and jarring class. It forced me to grow, to break free of a high school mentality and adopt a much more independent, structured way of thinking.

“Getting a C on the first essay was a real shocker for someone who had never gotten one before. But the great thing was that the professor genuinely wanted to meet with me, and work with me on developing a more coherent, logical paper for the next one.”

It validated what had convinced him to come to ASU in the first place. After the first hour of a visit to campus, he knew that ASU was where he wanted to be.

“As cheesy as it sounds, what caught me were the people. At no other college that I visited, did the students, the professors or the faculty so genuinely care about communicating with me on a personal basis.”

He was selected a student senator last year, working on issues of concern such as student fees. This year he has turned his efforts outside class to research, working in Jeffrey LaBelle’s lab in the Biodesign Institute. Saez is working on developing the logistics of manufacturing a tear glucose sensor, to take the place of a blood glucose sensor for diabetics.

“I love the collaboration, the freedom involved in problem-solving, applying what I learned in the classroom, knowing that every step taken is leading us one step closer to actually having a real-world impact.”

He also continues to visit the Estado 29 orphanage in Mexico with his family, during his school breaks. He mentors children and helps coordinate teams of missionaries in construction projects.