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2016 Survey of Nonprofit Wages and Benefits Now Open!

by Molly O'Connell

surveyimageOne of your board’s most important roles is to set executive compensation, and with nonprofits under increased scrutiny, having access to relevant and up-to-date wage data is a must.

In addition, offering competitive compensation is important for both attracting and retaining key talent!

We have found that national compensation studies do not adequately reflect the Maine environment. To ensure Maine nonprofits have the most reliable and relevant data, we conduct a bi-annual survey of nonprofit wages and benefits.

The 2016 Survey of Nonprofit Wages + Benefits opened today and the deadline to participate has been extended until June 30th.

The final report, which will include both Maine-specific data and regional comparisons, will be published in the Fall of 2016.

Why Your Organization Should Participate

  • Compliance: IRS regulations require nonprofit boards to document the decision-making process for setting executive compensation.
  • Best Practice: Having a reliable source of data on which to base decisions about pay and benefits for staff and new hires shows excellent governance.
  • The Greater Good: The report is only as good as the data collected. The more organizations that participate, the more relevant and statistically significant data Maine nonprofits will have to inform their compensation policies. By participating, you contribute valuable data that will benefit the entire sector!
  • Free Stuff! We know nonprofit staff and volunteers are busy people, so we want to reward your participation! Participating organizations earn a free copy of the report if they are members when the report is published. (If you’re not a member, you’ll receive a 50% discount – a $125 discount!) Organizations can join MANP at any time before the report is published and will receive the discount. To check your member status visit our Member Directory, and if you are not listed, learn about becoming a member!

How to Participate

All nonprofits in Maine are invited to participate.

  1. Only one person per organization should complete the survey, so the first step is to identify that person (usually the Executive Director, HR Director, or in cases of very small nonprofits, a Board member.)
  2. Review the 2016 Survey FAQs
  3. Review the 2016 Instructions and complete the preparation checklist
  4. Complete the survey by 5pm on June 30th, 2016.


Organization-specific data will not be analyzed by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and will not be shown to anyone, including the sponsoring State Associations. Furthermore, when fewer than five responses are received in a category, the information will not be reported for that category so as to protect the confidentiality of responses.


If our FAQs don’t answer your questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 207-871-1885 or submit questions to

Partners + Sponsors

This survey is a joint effort with NH Council of Nonprofits, CommonGood VT and the UNH Survey Center. Thank you to these partners, and to the following sponsors of this year’s survey and report!

Healey & Associates Logo   KMA  UST logo

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