Friday, October 19, 2007

Nonprofit numbers

Thanks to Perspectives from the Pipeline for turning me on to an interesting set of facts about the nonprofit world.

In a 2006 report on the industry, the Meyer Foundation and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services discovered:

• 75% of executive directors plan to leave their job within the next five years, and 9% have already taken steps to do so.

• An overwhelming number of executive directors (73%) identified fundraising as the most desired area of board improvement.

• Only 26% of executives have ever asked for a raise, despite widespread dissatisfaction with financial compensation.

• Executives cited fundraising and finance as their least favorite aspects of their job and the areas in which they most needed to build their skills.

• Only 18% of executive directors under 45 are people of color.

We’d like to hear from people from the local nonprofit community. Does this ring true? If so, should we be worried? What should be done about these concerns?

-JACKIE SAUTER, Multimedia Editor

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