Here at Astron, we receive many questions from our nonprofit clients regarding trends in and planning for executive compensation around this time of year.
Picture this: It’s a typical in-office day for your hybrid team, and as you walk into the break room to refill your coffee, you notice a group of employees gathered together and talking over a news article in the local paper.
Last year, when preparing for 2021 and what we assumed would be a post-Covid 19 world, this article focused on the fact that most nonprofit organizations had frozen executive base pay levels and were focusing on long-term incentives.
As we plan for 2021, we need to consider COVID-19’s impact on 2020 compensation decisions for nonprofit executives. For the most part, nonprofit executive compensation came to a halt.
In the 1970s, management theorist Peter Drucker suggested that top executive compensation should be 20 times the amount of the average worker’s pay.
Executive pay continues to be a topic of conversation. A July 2017 Economy Policy Institute (EPI) survey reported that CEOs at the largest firms in America made an average of $15.6 million in compensation during 2016, or “271 times more than the annual average pay of the typical worker.” CEO pay continues to be exceedingly high and growing quicker than the pay of a typical worker…meaning less of an organization’s effort is being shared with the ordinary workers.
Executive compensation is a natural concern of many in the non-profit sector. A 2011 report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlighted that the median pay of executives in 132 surveyed charities and foundations increased 3.8% over the prior year.
In the last few months, there’s been a lot of conversation on executive pay. CNBC news reported that in 2014, “the average S&P 500 company CEO made 373 times the salary of the average production and non-supervisory worker in 2014.” This is an increase from the 331 times the salary average in 2013.