Participate in the 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Each year, Philanthropy New York partners with the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers for the annual Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey. This survey collects data on compensation and benefits costs among community, private, operating and public foundations. PNY members receive member-only access to New York City metro area data.

The 2015 survey is now open. The deadline is July 31, 2015.

How to Participate

Community, private, public, and operating foundations are eligible for participation. Each organization must designate a survey contact person. Email the Council’s Research Department at with the survey contact’s name, title, and phone number and your organization’s name, type, and address. Once an account has been established, the survey contact will receive his or her personal login information and a link to the survey.

Compensation Tables for the New York City Metro Area

We hope to have as many PNY members participate as possible to produce a valuable benchmarking tool for all of you. PNY will use the Council’s online benchmarking tool to generate a customized report for our members on compensation at foundations in the New York City metro area. In addition, all online survey respondents will receive:

  • A PDF copy of the 2015 Salary Tables, which includes compensation summaries for 35 positions by foundation type, region, and asset class.
  • Access to online benchmarking, including customized reports on a choice of peer groups.
  • A PDF copy of the full 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits report.

To view the 2014 compensation tables for the NYC metro area, visit our resource bank. If you have not yet logged in to our new website, you will need to set a password and activate your account. For any questions about the New York City report, please contact Kristen Ruff.

Changes to the 2015 Survey

In a year that marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the survey will collect more detailed information about people with disabilities working in philanthropy or serving on foundation boards. This effort to gather data about philanthropy will complements the Council on Foundation's and regional associations’ ongoing work with funders on building a more inclusive workforce and our longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. While we recognize the challenges that employers sometimes face in collecting this information, we encourage participants to provide data that is as complete and accurate as possible. As is the case with all data collected through the survey, data on disability status will be kept confidential and be reported only in the aggregate.

Survey Policies: The Council continues to conduct this survey in partnership with the Foundation Center and your primary contact will be a Foundation Center staff person who will answer questions about the survey and user accounts. The Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey remains an initiative of the Council, and the data confidentiality and usage policies are unchanged. For any questions about survey policies, please contact