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Who should take the survey?

Who should take the survey?

Anyone working for a nonprofit in Southern California can take the Individual survey. The Organization survey can be completed by an HR representative from your organization in Southern California.

Are my responses anonymous?

Are my responses anonymous?

Yes, all responses are anonymous and will be aggregated to report on trends and themes. Organizational respondents will be asked for org name and contact information only for the purpose of clarifying any questions about data and ensuring only one response per organization.

How long does the survey take?

How long does the survey take?

The individual survey takes about 8 minutes. The organization survey takes about 1 hour for smaller organizations and 3-5 hours for larger ones.

Can I pause and finish the survey later?

Can I pause and finish the survey later?

Yes, if you go to at least the 2nd survey page you will see an option on the top right corner to save and continue later.

How long do I have to take the survey?

How long do I have to take the survey?

Surveys close on Sunday, November 14, 2021, 11:59 pm PT

What are the benefits of taking the survey?

What are the benefits of taking the survey?

Your participation in this survey will help advocate for livable wages, professional development, and career advancement for all employees at all nonprofits. Your participation will help nonprofit leaders, board members and funders better understand the perspectives of nonprofit professionals - so that we can all take steps toward a sector that works for everyone!

Are there any additional incentives for completing the survey?

Are there any additional incentives for completing the survey?

Yes, complete the indivudal survey and you can enter a drawing to win your choice of 1 free CNM Seminar or 1 free resume or Linkedin profile review by Envision. Complete the organization survey and receive a discount on the full report & an invitation to attend the thought-leaders webinar to preview and discuss report findings (Nov).

Are there any incentives for sharing the survey?

Are there any incentives for sharing the survey?

Yes, share the individual survey and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card. Share the organization survey and you'll recieve a listing on our website as ambassadors & an entry into a drawing to win a free consultation on how to customize report findings to your HR systems and practices or a free consult on making the case to funders for increased compensation and benefits support. Use hashtag #ENWR2021 to enter.

What does the survey include?

What does the survey include?

The survey includes at least 65 job titles in the compensation and benefits data for the report, focusing on core positions at all levels across administrative/operations, programs, development, and marketing functions. Collected data includes the size of an organization, issue area and geography; tracking of upward mobility and retention; investment in professional development; demographics, tenure in position and tenure at organization and pay rates for specific positions; and benefits, including but not limited to health/dental/vision insurance, retirement contribution, bonus, PTO/vacation, sabbatical, professional development, student loan repayment, flexible work arrangements, etc.

What will be the impact of this report?

What will be the impact of this report?

In the short-term, nonprofits can adapt to changes taking place in the hiring market and ensure they have the talent to effectively carry out their missions. In the long-term, by identifying pay and leadership gaps based on race, gender and other demographics, nonprofits can lead positive change in economic and workplace equity in our communities. Choosing to work in the social sector should be met with more reward, not less.

What if our titles do not fit within the survey response options?

What if our titles do not fit within the survey response options?

We included 94 titles in this year's survey. We selected the most common titles for which nonprofits are frequently seeking compensation data. Please select the title that best fits the position. If your organization has position(s) that do not reasonably fit the listed titles, please omit. We will collect feedback after this year's survey to refine the title list!

What if part of our organization is based in another city?

What if part of our organization is based in another city?

Please select (or write in) the county in which your primary office is located in Southern California. All questions should be answered for Southern California offices/employees only. Orgs with headquarters outside Southern California can answer the survey, but should only enter data for Southern California.

Are the survey responses secure/anonymous? How will our data be used?

Are the survey responses secure/anonymous? How will our data be used?

Yes, all data and survey responses are anonymous and stored securedly through our survey tool, Alchemer, and our cloud-based document storage. Survey data will be aggregated for ENWR report and will not be attributed to specific organizations. In the org survey, we ask for org name and contact info to ensure we only count one response per org and to reach out to clarify data, if needed.

We don’t have demographic breakdown data, how should we respond to percentage questions?

We don’t have demographic breakdown data, how should we respond to percentage questions?

If you do not track demographics, you can skip those questions.

How is this survey different from other compensation reports we review?

How is this survey different from other compensation reports we review?

In addition to providing compensation and benefits information for more than 90 titles at nonprofits in Southern California, the ENWR report also provides insights on workplace trends, HR policies, DEI practices, and more.

Why is looking at compensation valuable for us?

Why is looking at compensation valuable for us?

Compensation benchmarking can help your organization remain competitive in the talent market.

How much will it cost to review data from this survey?

How much will it cost to review data from this survey?

We will provide an executive summary of the report for free on the Envision and CNM websites. Pricing for full reports with compensation and benefits for all titles will be announced soon. Organizations that complete the survey will receive the full report for the discounted price of $175 (regular price is $450).

What types of organizations are engaging in this survey? Will the data be relevant to my organization?

What types of organizations are engaging in this survey? Will the data be relevant to my organization?

We are seeking survey responses from nonprofits across Southern California, across all budget ranges and cause areas. The survey is most relevant for orgs with at least 1 paid staff member.

If I have questions while completing the survey, who should I reach out to?

If I have questions while completing the survey, who should I reach out to?

If you have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and someone from CNM or Envision will respond shortly.

What if I do not have all of the information available to complete the survey?

What if I do not have all of the information available to complete the survey?

You can start the survey, save your responses, and continue later to complete the survey. Also, the directions at the top of the org survey include a PDF link with all questions listed to assist wtih your data collection. If you org does not track certain data or if some questions are not relevant, you can skip.

How does this help the nonprofit sector as a whole?

How does this help the nonprofit sector as a whole?

We aspire to use the survey findings to help make the case to funders for greater financial support for equitable and competitive compensation across the sector. We also hope the findings will help nonprofit leaders understand best practices in innovative benefits and workplace policies, which can help with talent recruitment and retention.

We have outsourced our HR functions, should we still complete the survey?

We have outsourced our HR functions, should we still complete the survey?

Yes, please complete the survey based on HR information provided by your vendor.

Why should we distribute this survey to our employees?

Why should we distribute this survey to our employees?

We're hoping all organizations will forward the individual survey to their employees and encourage them to complete it. Responses are anonymous, so while you will not learn the specific responses of your employees, you will gain greater insights into what nonprofit professionals want from employers, how they perceive HR policies and practices, and more.

We are a national organization with an office in LA that only serves LA students, are we allowed to fill this out?

We are a national organization with an office in LA that only serves LA students, are we allowed to fill this out?

Yes, national organizations with LA offices can complete the survey, but all data must be specific to LA.