Moon Township, Pa.—Results of a bi-annual wage and benefits survey released by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management reveals that nonprofit organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania consistently do not equitably compensate the 74 percent portion of the regional workforce who are women.
“It is painful to see that the nonprofit sector, as documented in the BCNM 2015 Wage and Benefit Study, still has $.25 pay gap between men and women executives in SWPA,” says Peggy Outon, executive director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania workforce is consistently 74 percent female (a 3-1 ratio), as indicated in both the 2012 and 2014 surveys. That gap in pay between male and female executive directors has fluctuated every two years since the survey first was conducted in 2002, when female executive directors earned about 67 cents for every $1 earned by men. While a majority of executive directors are women, men typically lead the largest organizations.
“This inequity is greater in the social justice sector than in either business or government,” notes Outon. “Nonprofit boards of directors must own their responsibilities as employers and citizens and refuse to allow pay inequity to be the norm.”
Tom Ryan, partner, Horovitz, Rudoy & Roteman, LLC, a study sponsor, observes, “I find it to be a very useful tool for the nonprofit community of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Horovits, Rudoy & Roteman regularly uses the survey data in our nonprofit service. Both myself, and our firm are very proud to be a sponsor.”
One hundred fifty-one southwestern Pennsylvania nonprofits participated in the 2014 survey, with 119 of those organizations in Allegheny County and 32 in surrounding counties. The data reflects the wages and benefits provided to 14,752 employees in nonprofits with annual operating budgets ranging from under $50,000 to over $50,000,000.
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