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New Forum Report Highlights Latest PSO Employment Data & Trends

Thursday, November 3, 2022

A new United Philanthropy Forum report reveals the latest data and trends on the employment practices of the nation’s philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). The Forum’s 2022 Compensation & Benefits for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations report offers comprehensive benchmarking data and analyses on the salaries and benefits of regional and national PSOs and information on what’s happening today in PSO workplaces. 

The report shows that PSO staffs and boards continue to be more diverse than the philanthropy field and the broader nonprofit sector. Close to half (47 percent) of PSO staff positions are held by people of color, compared to 31 percent of foundation staff, according to the report. Likewise, almost half (49 percent) of PSO board members identify as people of color, compared to 22 percent of all nonprofit boards.

The report also confirms that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplaces of many PSOs. The share of PSO staff working exclusively from a remote location jumped from 19 percent in 2020 to 51 percent in 2022, while the share of PSO staff working exclusively onsite dropped to 7 percent during that same period of time. 

A one-page Highlights and three-page Executive Summary of the report's key findings are available to the public. The full report may be accessed by Forum members (just log in to your account on our website).