GENDER GAP

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FYI: It’s a well-established fact that women make up the vast majority of nonprofit staffers–around 70 percent by most estimates. But a package of articles in the current issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy examines the dramatic pay gap these women accept, highlighted by a new survey of 65,000 groups nationwide. The survey found that in organizations with annual budgets between $25 million and $50 million, male executive directors’ salaries were 24 percent higher than female ones. In larger groups men make nearly 50 percent more than women. As overall salaries shrink, the gap lessens but persists: At nonprofits with annual budgets between $5 million and $10 million women executive directors make 16 percent less. Of course, this assumes a woman gets the top job in the first place. Women head only a quarter of all of the nonprofits surveyed. [3/25/03]