Now in its 20th year, the Lasnik∞Broida / Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations is conducted annually to provide up-to-date and accurate market compensation data to private, independent grantmaking foundations in the U.S.

In 2017, a total of 134 foundations participated in the Lasnik∞Broida / Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations.  Of the total participants, 108 are grantmaking foundations, 11 operating foundations and 15 hybrid (both grantmaking and operating foundations).  Geographic scope of grantmaking is: 25% international (including U.S.), 16% national, 28% multiple states /
counties or cities, 21% state, 5% county and 5% city.

The affiliation of Lasnik∞Broida Consultants, Inc. and The Croner Company brings together specialists in the field of compensation for foundations and nonprofits with expertise in conducting market compensation surveys.

Participants
 

2017 Participant Foundations
(Bold=Sponsors)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Annenberg Foundation

Archstone Foundation
Arcus Foundation
Bainum Family Foundation
Barr Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Blandin Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Bush Foundation
California Healthcare Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Casey Family Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
ClimateWorks Foundation
College Futures Foundation
Connecticut Health Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Fannie E Rippel Foundation
Flinn Foundation
Ford Foundation
Frey Foundation
George Hoag Family Foundation
George Lucas Educational Foundation
GHR Foundation
Gleason Family Foundation
Goldman Environmental Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Greater Rochester Health Foundation
Greater Texas Foundation
Group Health Community Foundation
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Health Foundation of Western & Central New York
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Heising-Simons Foundation
Helios Education Foundation
Houston Endowment, Inc.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Humanity United
J. Paul Getty Trust
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jim Joseph Foundation
John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
Kansas Health Foundation
Koret Foundation
LA84 Foundation
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Foundation
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Mary Black Foundation
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Metrowest Health Foundation
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
New York State Health Foundation
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Northwest Area Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Paso Del Norte Health Foundation
Peter Kiewit Foundation
Pisces Foundation
Polk Brothers Foundation
Raikes Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation
REACH Healthcare Foundation
Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Woodruff Foundation
Robertson Foundation
Robin Hood Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
S.H. Cowell Foundation
Sierra Health Foundation
Simons Foundation
Skoll Foundation

Sobrato Family Foundation
Stuart Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
The Commonwealth Fund
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Duke Endowment
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation
The Energy Foundation
The F.B. Heron Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
The James Irvine Foundation
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
The Joyce Foundation
The JPB Foundation
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
The Kavli Foundation
The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Inc.
The Kresge Foundation
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The McKnight Foundation
The Meadows Foundation, Inc.
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Rapides Foundation
The Rose Hills Foundation
The Russell Family Foundation
The Spencer Foundation
The Wallace Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Zellerbach Family Foundation
TLL Temple Foundation
UniHealth Foundation
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Walton Family Foundation

Weingart Foundation
Wellspring Advisors, LLC
William Penn Foundation

Sponsorship Program
 

The Survey's Sponsors ensure, through their financial support, that the Survey remains a robust, reliable, annually published compensation and benefits resource for the sector. In appreciation for their commitment to the Survey, Sponsors receive additional benefits through the Sponsorship Program. These include being recognized in the Full Report of Results as a Sponsor and throughout the Survey season. The Sponsorship Program also includes:

  • Custom Report of selected comparison foundations
  • Invitation to the annual Survey Planning Meeting to help determine the Survey's content and to engage in roundtable discussions and networking
  • Electronic Survey results in Microsoft Excel
  • Login and access to the secure Survey web portal (for reports, materials and data queries by position)

The 2017 Sponsorship Fee is $6,000.

The following foundations chose to elevate their participant status in 2017 and share in the funding of this valued data resource for the entire private foundation sector:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Annenberg Foundation
Bainum Family Foundation
Barr Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
California Health Care Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
ClimateWorks Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
GHR Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Heising-Simons Foundation
Helios Education Foundation
Humanity United
J. Paul Getty Trust
Jim Joseph Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Open Society Foundations
Rasmuson Foundation
Simons Foundation
Skoll Foundation
Stuart Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
The Commonwealth Fund
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Duke Endowment
The Ford Family Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
The JPB Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The McKnight Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Walton Family Foundation
Weingart Foundation
Wellspring Advisors, LLC

Position Grids & Job Families Reported
 

View the 2016 Job Families and complete list of 82 Positions covered in the Survey here:  Position Grids Survey of Foundations

Job Families:

  • Executives
  • Program
  • Policy
  • Grants Management
  • Knowledge Management / Learning
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Payroll
  • Investment
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Event Planning
  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Web Site

Position Data Reported
 

Staff Positions

  • FLSA Status
  • Degree of Match
  • Prevalence of Incentives
  • Most Prevalent Level of Education Reported
  • Years Employed by Foundation
  • Years in Position
  • Number of Direct Reports
  • Annual Salary
  • Annual Cash Incentives / Bonuses
  • Annual Total Cash
  • Estimated Total Compensation

Executive Positions

  • Officer Status
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Degree of Match
  • Prevalence of Incentives
  • Most Prevalent Level of Education Reported
  • Years Employed by Foundation
  • Years in Position
  • Number of Direct Reports
  • Annual Salary
  • Annual Cash Incentives / Bonuses
  • Annual Total Cash
  • Estimated Total Compensation
  • Benefits/Perquisites Data
    • Medical/Dental/Vision
    • Life Insurance
    • Retirement
    • Deferred Compensation Plan
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Care
    • Automobile Allowance
    • Housing Allowance
    • Entertainment Allowance
    • Country Club/Social Club Membership
  • Prevalence of Executive Practices
    • % of Foundations Offering Sabbaticals
    • % of Foundations with Written Employment Contract including Severance Agreement
    • % of Foundations with Written Employment Contract excluding Severance Agreement
    • % of Foundations with Stand-Alone Severance Agreements
    • % of Foundations with Discretionary Grantmaking

 

Profile and Policy Data Reported
 

Demographics

  • Focus Areas of Grant Making
  • Mission-Driven Investments
  • Year-end Financials
  • Year-end Grants Payment and Volume
  • Employee Population Information and Ratios
  • Work Week Hours
  • Most Pressing Issues

Salary Administration

  • Targeted Market Position
  • Job Descriptions
  • Salary Ranges / Structures
  • Frequency of Salary Ranges / Structures Reviews
  • Frequency of Market Reviews
  • Types of Salary Increase Budgets / Current and Projected Salary Increase Budgets
  • Timing of Salary Increases

Cash Incentives and Bonuses

  • Prevalence of Incentives and Bonuses
  • Prevalence by Type of Plan
  • Award Amount by Type of Plan

Benefits

  • Foundation Paid Benefits as Percentage of Salaries / Average Costs Per Employee
  • Benefit Cost Sharing
  • Health Plans - Prevalence and Special Policies / Practices
  • Disability Plans - Prevalence and Maximum Coverage
  • Life Insurance and AD&D - Prevalence and Coverage
  • Retirement Plans - Prevalence and Annual Contributions
  • Retiree Benefits
  • Other Paid Benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Other Paid Time Off and Unpaid Leaves
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Discretionary Grants
  • Matching Gifts
  • Work-Life Benefits

Board of Directors / Trustees

  • Board Size and Terms
  • Board Committees
  • Board Service / Meetings
  • Oversight of Board Compensation
  • Annual Retainers / Meeting Fees
  • Total Average Annual Cash Compensation per Director
  • Annual Chair Differentials
  • Non-Board Committee Members
  • Governance Policies
  • D&O Liability Insurance
  • Discretionary Grants and Matching Gifts
  • Board Expense Reimbursement Policies
  • Board-Related Administrative Costs

 

Survey Schedule
 

2018 Survey Planning Meeting for Sponsors: Thursday, March 8, 2018 Annenberg Foundation, Los Angeles CA
2018 Questionnaire Distribution: April 2018
2018 Data Effective Date: May 1
2018 Questionnaire Completion Deadline: June 15
2018 Full Report of Results Published: September 
2018 Review of Results Webinar: October 

Eligibility to Participate
 

General eligibility criteria for your foundation to participate are $100 million in assets and/or a minimum of 10 employees.

Please contact Laurie Krashanoff at (415) 485-5521 or email us at info@croner.biz.

Purchase the Current Report
 

If your foundation meets the eligibility criteria for participation, it is possible to purchase the current published report without having participated in the Survey.  A commitment to participate in the subsequent year Survey is required for purchase of the current report.

The cost to purchase the 2017 Report of Results without having participated is $3,000.

General eligibility criteria for your foundation to participate are $100 million in assets and/or a minimum of 10 employees.

Confidentiality
 

The Croner Company in collaboration with Lasnik∞Broida Consultants, Inc. conducts this Survey as an independent third party to ensure the confidentiality and consistency of the data provided.  All data are held in strict confidence and are reported only in summary form.  No attribution is made to any specific data from any participating organization.  The Croner Company aggregates data using DOJ "Safe Harbor Guidelines" to ensure full regulatory compliance of the Survey report. All participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.