2022 Nonprofit Compensation Survey & Report

Over 400 Nonprofits Completed the Survey! Findings are due out this Fall.

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.

Pre-sale of the Report is now open! 

June Update: 
  • 400+ nonprofits fully completed the Compensation & Benefit Survey this Spring. Thank you all!
  • Kahle Strategic Insights is rigorously analyzing and reporting the findings in stages to funders, consultants, and peer network facilitators. The report in October will incorporate feedback from these key constituents. This schedule also allows Together SC to prepare programming and locate resources so that all report recipients can maximize results to build healthier organizations going forward
  • Save October 12th for an online presentation and release of the Comp Report with findings on all positions with sufficient data. This event will be limited to those who fully completed the survey and those who pre-purchase the Report. 
  • For those in the midst of budgeting, we encourage you to consider that inflation is currently 8.6%. Consider giving cost of living adjustments (COLA) this year and completing full salary plans to use for the coming years.
  • Together SC hopes to offer resources for nonprofits seeking to tackling these critical HR issues, starting with equity assessments.


What will be the cost of the report for nonprofits?  
  • Together SC members who fully completed the survey will receive the PDF of the full report for FREE.
  • Nonprofits who are not members of Together SC and who fully 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 did not participate in the survey may purchase the report PDF for $75.  Those who pre-purchase the Report will also be able to join the October Virtual Presentation. 
  • Nonmembers who did not participate in the survey may purchase the report PDF for $350.
Who participated in the survey?
  • SC nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that have one or more paid staff members and budgets of up to $75,000,000 were 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 was NOT limited to Together SC members. Any 501(c)3 registered in South Carolina was encouraged to participate.
  • To provide sufficient data, we needed complete responses from  200 – 400 nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. We received over 400.
  • Kahle Strategic Insights sent each organization we have identified an email with a unique survey link. The survey was to be completed by the recipient or forwarded to the appropriate person in the organization for completion. 
  • The survey closed 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
    • First Sun EAP
    • Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy and Jolley Foundation
    • SC First Steps
    • 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
What will be included in the final report?
  • The completed research report 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.
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