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2019 Grantmaker Salary Survey - Input Needed

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Developed exclusively for CNJG members, the New Jersey Foundation Benefits & Salary Summary Report presents exhaustive benefits and salary data specific to New Jersey's grantmaking community. Time and again, members tell us that this document is one of the most important and effective tools for our field. Please reference our 2017 report2014 report, and the 2011 report to give you an idea of what the upcoming report will include.

In order to produce the salary tables for 2019, however, we need your participation!

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers is once again partnering with the Council on Foundations (COF) and the United Philanthropy Forum for the 2019 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits (GSB) survey. This annual survey provides you and all grantmakers the most comprehensive data on foundation staff salary and compensation data. The 2019 survey also includes board compensation and demographics as well.

The greater the participation, the greater the insights for the sector.

CNJG will use the COF's online benchmarking tool to generate customized reports for our members once the data is available later this year, including an update to our very popular and aforementioned New Jersey Foundation Benefits and Salary Report.

The 2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey is officially open. See below for directions on how to participate

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5:00 PT.

For more information, visit, email [email protected], or contact Craig Weinrich, CNJG's Director of Member Services at 609.341-2022 x4215.

FAQs for the Survey

Who can participate?
Organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to participate:

  • Meet the Council on Foundation's full voting member eligibility guidelinesto ensure optimal benchmarking (COF membership is not a requirement)
  • File annual IRS Form 990s (corporate giving programs excepted)
  • Based in the U.S. (the survey examines U.S. based positions only)
  • Have at least one part-time, paid Executive Director/CEO (employee versus independent contractor)
  • Supporting organizations with independent staff are welcome to participate 

What's the benefit to participating?

All survey participants receive the full report, the board compensation report, and access to the benchmarking platform (Benchmark Central) to create custom reports—for FREE. The full report and board compensation report retail for $538 and will release in October.

For almost three decades, foundations have relied upon the GSB data to inform their budget and talent recruitment and retention strategies, benchmark personnel policies and practices, and more

How do we 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 credentials to start the survey. If you did not participate in the 2018 survey, email the first and last name, title, and email for each individual needing access to [email protected].

What information will we need?
Most participants refer to the following documents:

  • Current year's IRS Form 990 (estimates are fine)
  • Organizational budget
  • Payroll reports
  • Benefit summary plan documents
  • Job Descriptions
  • Compensation data from your HR system (current salaries, job titles, reporting relationships, years in position)
  • Last year's survey responses (if relevant)

A list of other frequently asked questions is available online.

Later this year, we will also ask you for the expanded benefits portion of our report that CNJG conducts exclusively for our membership.

Please set aside some time to complete the benefits survey by Friday, June 28, 2019. Your input will help to enrich the pool of data and enable CNJG to provide a more detailed, meaningful analysis to our philanthropic community.  

We thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this important data set. Should you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Craig Weinrich, CNJG’s Director of Member Services at 609.341.2022 x4215.