Compensation equity is a big, often ignored issue in the nonprofit and public sector. Many people assume the sector’s mission-driven philosophy and female-dominated workforce would insulate it from the societal and systemic issues that perpetuate inequality in other sectors. However, according to the 2018 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, white women made 77% of the total earnings made by white men. This gap is even more pronounced for women of color. In comparison to white men in the nonprofit workforce, Black or African American women made 61% of total earnings and Hispanic women made 53% of total earnings in 2017. Asians, Native Americans, and other women of color reported similar pay discrepancies.
These inequalities have real consequences for nonprofit and public sector professionals, but you can make a difference for yourself and others! Join Kaitlin Ostlie as she demonstrates how you can leverage publicly available tools and information like salary and jobs survey reports and form 990s to address wage and title discrepancies and advocate for change.
James L. Oberstar Fellow in Public Affairs, University of Minnesota-Humphrey School
Kaitlin Ostlie started her career in philanthropy working for the Minnesota Council on Foundations in 2011. In late 2014, she joined InFaith Community Foundation team as their Grants Specialist where she is responsible for supporting all grantmaking activities across the Foundation, including due diligence and compliance for grants from donor-advised funds and community foundation initiatives. Kaitlin has successfully made the case for pay equity for herself and others, increasing associate-level pay at her organization by 40% over 5 years. She is the James L. Oberstar Fellow in Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School working towards her Master’s in Public Affairs. She received a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Anthropology from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is an active member of the Peak Grantmaking Minnesota Steering Committee.
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