Arlington, Va.—The Council on Foundations released its 2012 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, one of most comprehensive compilations of data on U.S. foundations' staff composition and compensation. This is the Council's annual release, and, as in all prior years, the report equips foundation leaders with critical information to attract and develop resourceful and innovative personnel who further enhance philanthropic organizations' ability to advance the common good.
"The Council on Foundations' mission is to provide the leadership, opportunity, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good," said President and CEO Vikki N. Spruill. "This report, which the Council proudly offers to its members, is one of several critical tools we provide that enhances philanthropic organizations' effectiveness by attracting the most talented staff in the nonprofit sector. By helping to ensure our sector's leaders build a strong philanthropic talent pool, Council members can focus more time on serving communities and creating more innovative solutions for challenges, today and in the future.
"The Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report is an annual initiative of the Council conducted in partnership with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, regional associations, and the Foundation Center," she continued. "The success of this initiative wouldn't be possible without the collaborative partnership with these organizations."
The findings in the report are based on responses to an online survey of 893 grantmakers, which reported salaries for a total of 7,614 full-time employees. The respondents included a diverse array of philanthropic organizations representing a total of $196 billion in assets and $12.1 billion in giving in 2012. Key findings and trends include:
The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council's mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.
Ellen B. Mullally