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Benefits in Nonprofit Organizations

As nonprofits aim to attract and retain top talent under a ceiling of salary budget constraints, providing a competitive benefits package becomes increasingly important. The fifteenth annual Benefits in Nonprofit Organizations Survey provides nonprofits with a valuable reference needed to compare current offerings with those of other organizations in the US.

The 2015 survey reports that nonprofits are paying approximately 68-78% of the total premium cost of medical coverage, on par with 2014 levels but substantially lower than employer contributions in 2012 (87%). Similar to employers in the private industry, nonprofit organizations appear to be continuing cost saving strategies by shifting more expenses on to the employees.

In addition to a strong focus on medical, prescription, and dental costs, the survey also reports data on life and disability insurance, retirement plan practices, paid leave, and other benefits. Data for 89 medical plans covering over 15,600 employees were reported in the 2015 sample. Fifty-six dental plans were also reported. Data cuts are provided by type of nonprofit organization, organization size (by number of employees), organizational scope, and geographic region.

Representation by region is as follows:

  • Northeast – 29%
  • Southeast – 14%
  • North Central – 42%
  • South Central – 2%
  • West Coast – 13%

Representation by organization size is as follows:

  • Less Than 50 Employees – 31%
  • 50 – 99 Employees – 11%
  • 100 – 499 Employees – 31%
  • 500 – 999 Employees – 18%
  • 1,000 or More Employees – 9%

Representation by organizational scope is as follows:

  • International – 11%
  • National – 23%
  • Regional – 11%
  • State – 22%
  • Multi-County – 22%
  • Local – 11%

Questionnaires for the Benefits in Nonprofit Organization Survey were designed and distributed in October 2014. Submissions were collected until March 2015, with an effective date of benefits as of January 1, 2015.

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