Tracking Nonprofit Executive Salaries: Crime and Legal-Related Organizations

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 18. September 2014 15:27
Before addressing either the obvious question, “Does crime pay?” or, more precisely, “What do the CEOs of Crime and Legal-related nonprofits earn?” let’s take a look at how this type of organization fits within the nonprofit sector in the US. The National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities, the classification system used in nonprofit research and in ERI’s Nonprofit Comparables Assessor, includes Crime and Legal-Related organizations (Major Group I) as a part of the broader division of Human Services organizations. [More]

Is There a Cap on Nonprofit Salaries in NYS – or Not?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 21. August 2014 11:57
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an administrative regulation in May 2012 that set a salary cap on nonprofit contractors that get more than $500,000 and 30 percent of their revenue from the state – they are not allowed to pay more than $199,000 a year in state money toward an executive’s salary. Some nonprofits that have contracts to provide social services for the state have challenged this rule, and now two judges have come to different conclusions about these executive compensation restrictions. [More]

Tracking Nonprofit Executive Salaries: Medical Organizations Other Than Hospitals

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 5. August 2014 13:57
The compensation for executives in the medical field, whether their employers are for-profit or nonprofit tends to be high, according to conventional wisdom. Yet a closer look at the nonprofit world shows that there are significant differences in pay, depending on the type of health-related activities or services provided. Taking hospitals out of the mix leads to a more nuanced portrait of compensation in the nonprofit health sector. [More]

Mandatory E-filing for Forms 990 – Now a Lawsuit!

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 27. June 2014 08:03
The IRS Forms 990 filed annually by nonprofits can provide valuable information about these organizations, including pay for their executives, fundraising expenses, and names of board members, as well as services offered, and they are available to the public. The problem is the way that the IRS makes the data available – only in an image format so that users must type the needed data into a database before any analysis of multiple forms is possible. Even if the organizations submit their forms electronically, the IRS converts them to images before their release to the public. Currently watchdog groups and others that provide information on charities, including ERI Economic Research Institute, as well as Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and the Urban Institute, have to spend money and time to manually enter the data they get from the IRS before making it available to the public, even if it has previously been digitized. Talk about digital dark ages! [More]

Tracking Nonprofit Executive Salaries: Environmental and Animal Organizations

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 3. June 2014 09:21
So how much does the executive director of “Poodles in Peril” or of “Save Cripple Creek from the Developers” earn each year? How much should he/she make? While these are imaginary organizations, groups with similar names asking for donations seem to be everywhere – in the daily mail, highway billboards, television, and print media. The appeals are numerous and the accompanying pictures and prose are dramatic and engaging, but how do these types of organizations (Environment/Animals, in the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities, the classification system used in the nonprofit sector) fit into the nonprofit sector? And how much do their executives make compared to similar- sized nonprofits providing other types of services? [More]