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You've probably completed 10 or 12 COVID-19 response surveys this year, without getting much information back. With the Northern California Nonprofit Compensation Survey, produced by Nonprofit Compensation Associates, you can get a complete report with lots of useful information!

Click here to complete the survey.
Participation deadline: February 12, 2021
Report publication date: April 16, 2021

"Our organization has been using the Nonprofit Compensation Associates survey for nearly a decade. It has been invaluable as a tool to determine fair wages and benefits for our staff. I don’t know what we would do without it."
– Jonathan Steinberg, Human Resources Manager at Island Conservation, Santa Cruz

Top 5 reasons to complete the survey:

#5. Nonprofit pay practices impact more than a million families: nonprofits are the 4th largest California industry by employment – with more workers than the construction industry!

#4. We need to leverage our ability to offer more than base pay. Many organizations were able to secure funding for staff salaries and other "overhead" costs as the world went crazy this year, but going forward we'll need to adjust to new realities. Share your adjustments and plans, and learn what others are doing.

#3. Survey participants get a huge discount on the 2021 report coming in April. You can also save on the 2020 report published earlier this year.

#2. The report is only useful if lots of nonprofits from YOUR area participate! This report covers all the bases: pay levels and bonus/incentive pay for each job with details by annual operating budget, location, number of employees, and primary field of service. Send the link to your colleagues!

#1. New this year! Economic Environment section to capture the nonprofit sector's staffing-related response to the COVID-19 pandemic – changes we've made, and the changes we expect for our organizations in the coming year.

To participate in the 2021 survey (and buy the 2020 survey report, if you don’t already have it), visit, or email NCA at

Please note: CalNonprofits does not produce the survey or the report, though we encourage nonprofit folks to participate. If you have questions please send an email to Rita Haronian at or call (510) 645-1005.

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