2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey (GSB)

Since 1980, the Council's Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey has provided the sector with the most comprehensive data on staff composition and compensation in the U.S. Grantmakers rely on this annual report to plan budgets, benchmark personnel policies and practices, determine salary levels for new and existing staff, and more.

Your participation in the GSB survey is needed—the greater the participation, the greater the insights for the sector.

Key Dates

The 2019 Survey will field from April 22nd through July 12th, and the results will be released in October. 

What are the benefits of participation?

Survey participants (Council membership not required) receive a complimentary copy of the full and board compensation reports in October, as well as access to Benchmark Central, the Council's dynamic online benchmarking tool to run deeper salary, benefits, and demographics comparisons by asset size, grants, geographic location, and grantmaker type. A preview of the benchmarking tool is available upon request

How do I participate?

Designate one or more individuals from your team to represent your organization. Multiple individuals from the same organization can work on your submission simultaneously. If you participated in the 2018 survey, go to Benchmark Central and log in using your cof.org credentials. If you did not participate in the 2018 survey, email the first and last name, title, and email for each individual needing access to research@cof.org.

Our Partners

Special thanks to the United Philanthropy Forum and its members for partnering with us on this year's survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions are maintained on our FAQs page.