New Study by TCC Group Highlights Wide Gap in Pay and Performance Between Women and Men in the Nonprofit Sector

According to the data, even though they are more effective leaders on nearly every scale, women are paid 75¢ for every $1 made by their male counterparts

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“We knew there was a discrepancy in salaries between men and women, but the fact that women out perform men in so many areas was surprising,” says Peter York, Senior Partner and Chief Research and Learning Officer at TCC Group.

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 16, 2013

TCC Group, an organization that develops strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofits, philanthropies, and corporate citizenship programs, today issued a study that examines the significant gap between both the compensation and performance of women and men who lead nonprofits.

According to the data, even though they are more effective leaders on nearly every scale, women are paid 75¢ for every $1 made by their male counterparts. Men, who comprise 36 percent of nonprofit leaders, earn a yearly average of $121,625 versus women leaders’ $89,474 .

Despite lower salaries, women-led nonprofits are more effective in many critical management areas than organizations run by men. For instance, women demonstrate a higher capacity to create and communicate inspiring visions and are stronger at program evaluation. They are also more likely to emphasize staff growth and development, address and resolve conflict, and explore a wide range of problem solving techniques.

While women and men are similarly effective fundraisers, their compensation remains unequal, no matter the organization’s size. For instance, when comparing salaries at nonprofits with revenues between $1.25M and $3.75M and with annual growth rates greater than 20 percent, women make $115,000/year, while their male counterparts are paid $135,000.

TCC Group relied on 990 forms and its proprietary Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) to measure the salaries and organizational effectiveness of 1,000 nonprofits. The CCAT is a comprehensive, valid, and reliable resource for organizational planning, evaluation, and capacity building. More than 3,000 nonprofits and funders have used the CCAT to measure organizational progress, focus efforts, and advance their mission.

“We knew there was a discrepancy in salaries between men and women, but the fact that women out perform men in so many areas was surprising,” says Peter York, Senior Partner and Chief Research and Learning Officer at TCC Group. “Why are women working harder and making less money than men? It’s a question of ‘equal pay for equal work,’ and women have to work harder just to catch up in the nonprofit sector.”

To access the info graphic, click here. To purchase the CCAT, click here.

About TCC Group
TCC Group is passionate about helping the social sector achieve greater impact. Founded in 1980, the firm helps diverse clients develop new strategies, build internal capacities, and evaluate progress. http://www.tccgrp.com. Learn more about the CCAT at http://www.tccccat.com

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1. Based on a review of 1,000 nonprofits in a combined Core Capacity Assessment Tool and 990 dataset. Four out of five nonprofits in this sample have revenues between $150,000 and $5 million, and 1.5% represent organizations with revenues greater than $50 million. The median budget size is $1.25 million.


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