Wisconsin Nonprofit Compensation & Benefits Survey
- Your organization’s employees are its greatest asset. How you compensate your most significant asset impacts your organization’s overall performance.
- This survey is key to evaluating your organization’s compensation and benefits strategy to help attract and retain the best talent.
- The Compensation & Benefits Survey Report is scheduled for release in late Fall 2021.
- help screen for duplicates.
- determine whether or not your organization will receive a free copy of the subsequent report.
- Please provide the most current employment, salary, and benefits data, unless otherwise directed.
- Please ignore questions about positions your organization does not have.
- For the appropriate questions, please use numbers only and omit any symbols (e.g., $, %, etc.)
- This is an institutional survey. Each nonprofit organization should only respond ONCE. If you are NOT the organization’s executive director or a designated staff member (such as the CFO or HR director), please check with the executive director before entering any data to coordinate your nonprofit’s response.
- It is recommended to complete this survey on a desktop computer.
- Your responses are automatically saved to the computer you started working on. You can return later to complete the survey (if you use the same computer, same browser, and cookies are enabled).
Please budget 45 minutes to complete the survey, plus the time it takes for you to gather your organization’s salary and benefits data. You may choose to use the Compensation and benefit survey checklist to prepare your materials before beginning the survey. Additionally, we have provided the following resources for you to help during the survey.
The COVID-19 Effect on Wisconsin’s Nonprofit Sector
In an effort to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin nonprofits’ ability to meet their community’s needs, the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and our affiliate faculty throughout the UW-System, will issue a series of surveys to nonprofit leaders throughout 2020-2022. The initial survey was launched in April 2020.
The aim of this study is to provide real-time data to government officials, foundations, and other decision-makers about the current economic conditions facing nonprofits and the need for immediate and long-term support in order to ensure the ongoing provision of critical services throughout Wisconsin. The hope is that, by understanding the effect of the pandemic, we can also better understand the recovery process to be required afterward.
Survey results will be regularly distributed to local and state leaders, with virtual presentations made available to review findings and discuss the implications on program and service delivery for nonprofit organizations in communities located across the state.
Our highest priority is to learn directly from Wisconsin nonprofit leaders, by connecting with a broad range of nonprofits, with a broad array of missions. Based on an established online survey developed by the University of San Diego**, data collection efforts will focus on a variety of nonprofit capacities potentially affected by the ongoing pandemic, including:
- Human Resources, including staffing and payroll
- Finance & Revenue, including access to federal stimulus funding
- Effect on Programs & Service Delivery
The survey will also collect information on needed resources, to better understand ways academic and community partners can assist Wisconsin’s nonprofit sector through these developing challenges and beyond.
Proposed Project Timeline
|Survey ONE Distribution||4/14/2020||4/29/2020|
|Survey ONE Findings Released||5/18/2020||COVID-19 Report 1|
|Northeast Wisconsin||Dane County||La Crosse|
|Arts, Culture, and Humanities||Human Services|
|Survey TWO Distribution||07/13/2020||08/09/2020|
|Survey TWO Findings Released||08/16/2021||COVID-19 Report 2|
|Survey THREE Distribution||03/14/2022||04/01/2022|
|Final 2020-2022 Summary Report||05/02/2022|
- Professor Douglas Ihrke, Executive Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, UW-Milwaukee
- Bryce Lord, Associate Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, UW-Milwaukee
- Assistant Professor Carol Brunt, Institute for Nonprofit Management, UW-Whitewater
- Associate Professor Michael Ford, Public Administration, UW-Oshkosh
- Associate Professor Lora Warner, Public and Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay
- Associate Professor Linnea Laestadius, Public Health, UW-Milwaukee
- Assistant Professor Kerry Kuenzi, Public and Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay
- Assistant Professor Philip Wagner, Criminal Justice, UW-Parkside
- Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director, Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies, UW-Madison
- Amy Hilgendorf, Associate Director, Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies, UW-Madison
- Debra Karp, Director, The Alan E. Guskin Center for Community & Business Engagement, UW-Parkside
- Sai Sun, Ph.D. Candidate, Urban Studies, UW-Milwaukee
- Gage Beck, Sophomore, Public Administration, UW-Green Bay
* Nonprofit Wisconsin: In Brief – Size and Scope Economic Impact, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, 2019
**Deitrick, L., Tinkler, T., Strawser, C., & Young, E. (2020). Nonprofit response to COVID-19: The immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on San Diego County nonprofits. San Diego, CA: The Nonprofit Institute, University of San Diego.