2022 Nonprofit & Philanthropic Compensation Survey

 Survey will be open until March 25, 2022

South Carolina’s nonprofit and philanthropic organizations need to know what constitutes competitive wages and benefits if they are to attract and retain the "best and the brightest.”

That's why Together SC is conducting the first statewide nonprofit compensation study since 2012 as part of Together SC's three-year strategic focus on cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our nonprofit sector.

We hope to provide findings in time for budget planning for FY23 that begins in July. 

Who should participate in the survey?
  • SC nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that have one or more paid staff members and budgets of up to $75,000,000 are asked to complete the survey. (Volunteer-run nonprofits do not need to complete the survey as it focuses only on benefits for employees.)
  • Survey participation is NOT limited to Together SC members. Any 501(c)3 registered in South Carolina is encouraged to participate.
  • To provide sufficient data, we need complete responses from  200 – 400 nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The more responses, the more position-specific data we can provide.
  • Kahle Strategic Insights will send each organization we have identified an email with a unique survey link. The survey can be completed by the recipient or forwarded to the appropriate person in the organization for completion. Each organization must submit only one response. If you need to search for the email, it will be send from togethersc@qualtrics-research.com.
  • If your organization does not receive an e-mail and you wish to participate, contact Marydell@togethersc.org 
  • The survey is extensive and can be resumed after a break, but can only be submitted once and must be submitted by March 25th.
Will the survey be led by experts?
  • Yes. Together SC has hired Kahle Strategic Insights (Bob led the SC Nonprofit Sector Covid Impact Survey and will conduct the 2022 Nonproft Summit evaluation) to conduct and analyze survey data, then produce a comprehensive report.
  • Gloria Roderick of G and G Analytics specializes in analyzing public sector data with significant research in nonprofit compensation and employee review processes. Gloria serves as the lead analyst for this project.
  • An advisory committee of human resources and operations experts is guiding the survey design and reviewing the report.
  • Philanthropic partners and subsector Allies are engaged to help maximize survey participation and ensure quality data is available for the entire nonprofit sector.
  • Got Questions?  Please contact Mary Dell Hayes who is serving as the Project Manager for Together SC.
How is Together SC financing this work?
  • Together SC knows collaborating makes everything more successful. This survey is no exception. We are thankful for the following Philanthropic Partners, sponsors and regional partners who have signed on to help.  They include:
    • Arras Foundation
    • Able SC
    • SC Arts Alliance
    • Central Carolina Community Foundation and United Way of the Midlands
    • Coastal Community Foundation
    • Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
    • Eastern Carolina Community Foundation
    • Find Great People
    • Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy and Jolley Foundation
    • Self Family Foundation and Greenwood Community Foundation
    • Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC
    • Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, Mary Black Foundation, United Way of the Piedmont and Chapman Cultural Center
    • WREN
Why should we complete the survey in week one?
  • Each week Together SC will conduct drawings from among all organizations who have completed the survey by that date and who choose to be entered into the drawings. Those who complete the survey in week one will be entered in all drawings. 
  • Prizes will include membership to Together SC, free job postings on the Together SC career center, and services offered by our consultant partners, including a board retreat, DEI workshop, organizational assessment, and more.
What will be included in the final report?
  • The completed research report will be released in May - June 2022. It will include:
    • Data on rate of pay for all full-time and part-time paid positions, either an hourly rate or an annual salary
    • Current data on health, dental, retirement, disability and life insurance, paid time off including vacation, sick leave, and holidays, family leave, and other nontraditional benefits
    • Demographic information to include gender, race, age, disability status, and military service
  • Based on response rates, analysis may be available at different levels
How will the survey findings be used?
  • A series of webinars and events helping folks to understand the implications of the data will be held throughout 2022.
  • Technical assistance will be available to help nonprofits and funders understand the data and its implications for their work and operations.
  • Data will be used to support advocacy around equity and other issues identified as impacting the nonprofit sector.
What will be the cost of the report for individual nonprofits?  
  • Together SC members who complete the survey will receive the PDF of the full report for FREE.
  • Nonprofits who are not members of Together SC who complete the survey will be able to purchase the report for $75. (We encourage those who are not yet members to consider joining to save $75 and receive so many other member benefits.
  • Together SC members who do not participate in the survey may purchase the report PDF for $75.
  • Nonmembers who do not participate in the survey may purchase the report PDF for $350.
Why do we need a comprehensive compensation and benefits study?
  • This data will help nonprofit and philanthropic organizations meet changing workforce expectations; address inflation related pressure on salary and benefits; and identify the scope of Covid-19 related workplace changes
  • Nonprofits need to know if total compensation is competitive and if their compensation practices are equitable.
  • They need support identifying creative HR solutions, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
  • This data will provide a starting point for grantmakers to support nonprofits in offering equitable compensation and help identify steps to improve equity in hiring and compensation practices.
  • It will enable nonprofits to attract the talent necessary to address pressing community issues