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Gender Pay Gap in Fundraising Persists, AFP Study Finds

March 13, 2019 / Philanthropy News Digest

The fundraising profession suffers from a gender pay gap, with women fundraisers making about 10 percent less than their male counterparts, a report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals finds. Released on International Women's Day and based on more than ten thousand survey responses to AFP's Compensation and Benefits Studies between 2014 and 2018, the report, The Impact of Gender on Fundraising Salaries 2014-2018 (95 pages, PDF), found that, controlling for other factors, women make 10.5 percent less than their male colleagues. Gender was just one of several factors, however, with organizational size and the individual's position and educational attainment among the factors having the most impact on salary. For example, fundraisers at nonprofits with budgets between $3 million and $9.9 million were paid 18.2 percent more than those at organizations with budgets of less than $1 million, while fundraisers with a doctoral or professional degree earned 15.5 pe...