2016 Survey of Nonprofit Wages & Benefits in Northern New England Frequently Asked Questions

2016 Survey of Nonprofit Wages & Benefits in Northern New England Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the survey?

Any 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), or 501(c)(6) organization with paid staff working in New Hampshire can participate in the survey.

If your organization is all-volunteer or you have no employees that match the survey’s job categories, you can still get credit for participating by completing the first section (questions 1–12) of the survey.

Is this survey confidential?

Your contact information will be kept separate from sensitive data and will only be used to…

Should we report data from the current fiscal year or the last completed fiscal year?

Please use data from the current fiscal year.

When is the deadline for submitting the survey?

The deadline to complete the survey is 5:00 PM on Friday, June 17th, 2016.

How will I know if you received my survey before the deadline?

You will receive an email confirmation acknowledging our receipt of your survey responses. Please provide a valid email when completing the survey, to ensure you receive the confirmation.

When will the report be published?

The report will be published in Fall 2016.

How much will the report cost?

The report will cost $250 and free to organizations that participate in the survey. Email coordinator@commongoodvt.org for information on discounts and complimentary copies.


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How do I know if my organization is a member of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits?

Our online member list is updated weekly. Look for your organization's name here.

For more information, visit www.CommonGoodVT.org.

Some of our employees don’t fit the survey’s job categories. Should I use a job category that’s “close enough” or will you add job categories?

If your employee is mostly in line with an existing job category, with a few minor differences, we recommend you use that job category. For example, we’ve found that “assistant” positions (development assistant, marketing assistant, etc.) typically match the Administrative Assistant job category (job category code 240 / 240P), and “coordinators” (development coordinator, marketing coordinator, etc.) typically match the Project Manager job category (job category code 650 / 650P).

If you would like us to consider adding a job category, please forward a copy of your employee’s job description and corresponding wage statistics to coordinator@commongoodvt.org. If we receive enough data for a job category not included in the survey, we will include the data in the report and add it to the next survey.

I am the only employee at my organization. Since I “wear many hats”, under which job category should I report my salary?

Organizations with one employee typically match the executive director (job category code 110), program or division director (job category 130 / 130P) , or administrative assistant (job category code 240 / 240P) job categories. Pick the description and requirements that best describes you. We will also be able to identify organization’s with one employee based on their budget size.

How should I report multiple employees with different hourly wages in a single job category?

Please report the average hourly wage of all employees that match a job category. We’ve included instructions on how to calculate the average hourly wage in the “Preparing the Data” section of the survey instructions.

My organization employs people in multiple states that are part of the survey. How should I report that?

Since the answer to this question may change depending on the structure and specifics of your organization, please email coordinator@commongoodvt.org.