Study Shows Nonprofit CEO Salaries Rose 2% in 2011

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 19. September 2013 11:41
GuideStar’s recently released study of compensation at 95,000 nonprofit organizations showed small increases for executives in 2011, averaging 2% for CEOs, barely keeping up with the rate of inflation. Before the 2008 recession, increases averaged 4 to 6%, but had been much lower for the past several years. GuideStar analyzed the 2011 compensation data of about 135,000 executives in 14 job categories reported on the IRS Form 990 and prepared tables that show median salaries based on organization size, type, and geographic location. [More]

IRS Lists Priorities for Nonprofits in 2013-2014

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 10. September 2013 12:22
This has been quite a year for the tiny corner of the IRS tasked with overseeing tax exempt organizations. The criticism of the handling of tax-exemption applications for political groups brought more attention to the Exempt Organization (EO) division than the nonprofit sector ever thought possible – and brought down not only the top staff in charge of the division, but also the Acting Director of the IRS. With the recent publication of the IRS 2013–2014 Priority Guidance Plan, it appears that the efforts to reform the application process for tax exempt organizations are still the highest priority for the EO. [More]

Nonprofit Executive Pay Caps Implemented in NYS

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 5. August 2013 10:03
On July 1, 2013, New York State Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #38, designed to "prevent public funds from being diverted to excessive compensation and unnecessary administrative costs, and ... ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used to help New Yorkers in need," was implemented. EO #38 now puts limits on reimbursements for administrative costs and executive compensation that come from state-provided funds. [More]

Grassley Finds Details on Executive Comp Hard to Get from NYU

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 17. July 2013 11:45
When a former top executive for New York University (NYU) nominated for Treasury secretary was questioned at his confirmation hearing about his compensation (in particular, his parting bonus) and subsidized mortgages, Senator Chuck Grassley raised concerns that these payments by a nonprofit were inappropriate, considering its exemption from income and property taxes. According to a recent New York Times article, Grassley asked for more details and, several months later, has not received the detailed information he is seeking from NYU. [More]

Report Shows Pay Increases at Foundations Slowed in 2012

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 12. July 2013 11:56
Each year, the Council on Foundations completes a survey of compensation in grant-making organizations. The most recent report on 2012 salaries includes responses from 893 organizations for over 7,600 full time employees in 34 different positions. The data show that pay increases for foundation employees grew at a slower rate last year than they did in 2011 and 2010. [More]