At nonprofits' helms, wage gap persists

Women who head nonprofit organizations – like women who head for-profit firms – continued to earn less than their male counterparts in fiscal year 2000, according to a report released last week by GuideStar.

The Williamsburg, Va.-based company's website,, contains basic program and financial data on more than 850,000 nonprofits.

The GuideStar report shows that compensation for female CEOs lagged at nonprofits of all sizes in fiscal year 2000 as it did in the previous two years. It showed the biggest gap occurred in organizations with revenues of more than $50 million.

The report includes information on at least one paid position for more than 65,600 public charities.

The data were compiled from tax forms that the nonprofits filed with the IRS.

Nationally, top-level executives at nonprofits with annual budgets of $25 million to $49.9 million have a median salary of $155,587, according to the San Antonio Express-News, citing a report by Abbott, Langer & Associates, a Crete, Ill., firm that surveys salaries and benefits.

That compares to the median income of $36,700 received by CEOs in nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of under $250,000, the paper reported last month.

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