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New Report Highlights Latest Compensation & Employment Trends in Forum Network

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

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 2023 Compensation & Roles for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations report provides comprehensive benchmarking data and analyses on the compensation practices of regional and national PSOs and other employment practice information.

According to the 2023 Forum survey, a majority (52 percent) of permanent PSO staff positions are being held by people of color. For the chief executives of PSOs, 46 percent are people of color. Among all regional and national PSOs, more than two-thirds of staff positions (68 percent) are held by cisgender women.

The report also confirms that a large majority of PSOs anticipate staff growth in 2023. Seven out of 10 PSOs (70 percent) anticipate adding staff positions this year, surpassing the shares reported by PSOs going back to 2017. Additionally, a majority of PSO staff work remotely, with PSO staff working exclusively from a remote location jumping from 19 percent in 2020 to 55 percent of PSO staff in 2023.

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).