My professional niche is research about charitable giving, so when the Association of Fundraising Professionals asked me last year to analyze data about how much fundraisers earn in different types of jobs, I jumped at the change. Thank you, AFP!
As I looked at the data, I became curious about the role of gender in pay levels. Prior studies showed a gap, but it seem the gap in 2017 was less than had been shown a decade earlier by Debra Mesch and Patrick Rooney.
AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) retained my colleagues, Molly Chamberlin and Nicole Dunn, to analyze five years of salary survey data. They found that, YES, women earn less but more important factors in fundraiser salaries are the budget of the organization, the individual’s specific title or position, and whether the individual holds a doctorate or a professional degree (JD or MBA, for example).
So, women, negotiate well as you accept jobs as fundraising professionals. Don’t take the first offer. AFP members can access the AFP Compensation & Benefits Study each year to find out what the median and the 75th percentile pay is for each type of fundraising position. Use that to help you gauge a fair salary for the job you seek.