Is Nonprofit Executive Pay Too High?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 20. September 2012 08:47

Earlier this month, the Chronicle of Philanthropy released its annual report of executive salaries in the largest U.S. charities with the headline “Executive Pay Increased by Median of 3.8% in 2011, Chronicle Survey Finds.” Bloomberg News picked up the story and covered the report with the headline “Nonprofit CEO Pay Topping $1 Million Rises with Scrutiny.”  This is an indication that the mainstream media finds high pay more interesting than moderate median increases.

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Who Provides Public Services and What Should They Be Paid?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 17. August 2012 08:49

According to a new GAO report, more states are using expenditures to third-party nongovernmental entities to meet federal spending requirements on such programs as food assistance, employment assistance, and family stabilization assistance – from 3 states in fiscal year 2007 to 13 states in fiscal year 2011.  GAO also asked about future plans, and a total of 17 states indicated that they would be using this option in the near future.  So which organizations will receive this money to provide the services?

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Nonprofits Grow but Face Competition from For-Profits

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 1. August 2012 08:50

Some interesting trends are uncovered in the most recent Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #39 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies.  Entitled Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment During a Decade of Turmoil, authors Salamon, Sokolowski, and Geller use data collected as part of the Unemployment Insurance program to track trends in nonprofit employment.

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What You May Not Know About Charitable Giving in the U.S.

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 5. July 2012 08:52

The Giving USA annual report on 2011 charitable giving in the United States, released last week, found that overall charitable giving increased 3.9% from the prior year.  However, after adjustment for inflation, that increase was really only 0.9%.  A more detailed look included one interesting finding: individual giving to religious organizations is dropping.  The report reconfirmed some facts not generally well understood about charities.

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What is Reasonable Compensation for Presidents of Community Colleges?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 18. June 2012 11:03

After a report that presidents of New Jersey State Community Colleges were receiving much more than the US average salary of $165,000, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered a follow-up investigation of their compensation in early June.

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