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Foundation Compensation Data and Benefits

Now in its 25th year, the Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations is conducted annually to provide up-to-date and accurate market compensation and benefits data to private, independent grantmaking foundations in the U.S. The Survey was expanded to also include community foundations as of 2019.

In 2021, a total of 158 foundations participated in the Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations. Of the total participants, 103 are primarily grantmaking foundations, 10 are primarily operating foundations, 22 are a hybrid (both grantmaking and operating foundations) and 23 are community foundations. Geographic scope of grantmaking is: 29% international, 18% national, 28% multiple states / counties or cities, 16% state, 6% county and 3% city.

The report summarizes the total compensation and benefits programs of 158 participants and 175 benchmark positions. Of these positions, 160 had sufficient participant matches to report compensation data.

Foundations use the survey results to benchmark compensation, understand salary differentials and to establish rational pay structures.

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Salary Data for Foundations

The Croner Company brings together specialists in the field of compensation for foundations and other nonprofits with expertise in conducting professional compensation surveys.

View the Job Families and Positions covered in the Survey here:
2021 Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations Position Grids

See all compensation data elements reported for each position by viewing samples here:
CSF Survey – Sample Executive Level Compensation Data
CSF Survey – Sample Staff Level Compensation Data

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List of Survey Participants

2021 Participant Foundations (Bold=Sponsors):

 Carnegie Corporation of New York
 Marguerite Casey Foundation
 Raikes Foundation
 The California Endowment
A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Annenberg Foundation
Archstone Foundation
Arizona Community Foundation
Arnold Ventures
Bainum Family Foundation
Barr Foundation
Bezos Academy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Blandin Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Bush Foundation
California Community Foundation
California Health Care Foundation
Casey Family Programs
Central Indiana Community Foundation
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
Charles H. Revson Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
City Fund
Cleveland Foundation
ClimateWorks Foundation
College Futures Foundation
Communities Foundation of Texas
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Community Foundation of Abilene
Community Foundation of New Jersey
Connecticut Health Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Democracy Fund
Dogwood Health Trust
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation
Echidna Giving
Episcopal Health Foundation
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Fidelity Foundations
Flinn Foundation
Ford Foundation
Foundation for a Just Society
Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
Foundation for the Carolinas
Frey Foundation
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
GHR Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Great Lakes Protection Fund
Greater Houston Community Foundation
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Greater Texas Foundation
Group Health Foundation
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Hawaii Community Foundation
Headwaters Foundation
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Heising-Simons Foundation
Helios Education Foundation
Houston Endowment
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Humanity United
J. Paul Getty Trust
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
Jim Joseph Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
King Philanthropies
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Lumina Foundation
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Marin Community Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Open Philanthropy Project
Open Society Foundations
Overdeck Family Foundation
Paso del Norte Health Foundation
Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
Permian Basin Area Foundation
Pisces Foundation
Pivotal Ventures
Pohlad Family Foundation
Polk Brothers Foundation
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation
REACH Healthcare Foundation
Rhode Island Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robertson Foundation
Robin Hood Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Russell Sage Foundation
S.H. Cowell Foundation
San Francisco Foundation
Santa Barbara Foundation
Sierra Health Foundation
Simons Foundation
Skoll Foundation
Sobrato Family Foundation
St. David's Foundation
Stuart Foundation
T.L.L. Temple Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
The Commonwealth Fund
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Duke Endowment
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
The Henry Luce Foundation
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The JPB Foundation
The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
The Kresge Foundation
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Libra Foundation
The McConnell Foundation
The Meadows Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Rapides Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rose Hills Foundation
The Russell Family Foundation
The San Diego Foundation
The Spencer Foundation
The Wallace Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
UniHealth Foundation
United Nations Foundation
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Weingart Foundation
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wikimedia Foundation

Sponsorship Level

The Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations' 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. The Sponsor level of participation includes:

  • Custom Report of selected comparison foundations (additional custom reports are available for a fee of $750)
  • Invitation to the annual Survey Planning Meeting to help determine the Survey's content and to engage in round table 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)
  • Recognition in the Full Report of Results as a Sponsor and throughout the Survey season

The 2022 Sponsor Fee is $7,000.

Position Grids & Job Families Reported

View the 2020 Job Families and complete list of Positions covered in the Survey here:
2021 Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations Position Grids

List of Job Families:

Program - Grantmaking and Community Outreach
Program / Project Management
Grants Management
Public Policy
Knowledge Management / Learning
Data and Analytics
Writing / Editing
Multimedia Production
Digital / Social Media
Convening / Event Planning
Convening / Events Planning
Audio / Visual Engineering
Investment Management
Investment Operations
Investment Accounting
Social Investments
Office of the CEO
Finance / Accounting
Financial Analysis
Human Resources
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Enterprise Risk Management
Compensation and Benefits
Project Management
Operational Strategy and Planning
Information Technology
System Administration
Business Systems Analysis
Information Technology Project Management
CRM Administrator
Donor Service
Gift Planning

Position Data Collected and Reported

The Compensation Data Report covers the following compensation elements for 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

To view sample Staff Position data, please click here:
CSF Survey - Sample Staff Level Compensation Data

The Compensation Data Report covers the following compensation elements for 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:

Life Insurance
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

To view sample Executive Position data, please click here:
CSF Survey - Sample Executive Level Compensation Data

Data Cuts Reported by Position:

Asset Category
Asset Sub-Category
Workforce Size Category
Grants Paid Category
U.S. Region
Metropolitan Area

Policy Data Collected and Reported

The Full Report of Results covers Policies and Practices, including the following sections:


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


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

Survey Planning Meeting for Sponsors:
March 3, 2022

Questionnaire Distribution:
Late April

Data Effective Date:
May 1

Questionnaire Completion Deadline:
May 27

Full Report of Results Published:
Late September

Review of Results Webinar:

Participant Level

The 2022 Fee for Participant Level / Non-Sponsor is $950.
All survey participants receive the Full Report of Results when it is published. The Full Report of Results provides, in table format, the Compensation Data results for each survey position and also the Policies and Practices results by foundation asset size category.

Purchase by a Non-Participant of the Current Published Report
There are two purchase options to purchase the current published Full Report of Results without having participated in the Survey.

Purchase Option #1:
The 2021 Full Report of Results for $3,000 and a Commitment to Participate in 2022
For foundations that meet the participation criteria and commit to participate in the subsequent year Survey, the fee to purchase the 2021 Report of Results pdf format is $3,000. Commitment to participate in the subsequent year Survey is required. General eligibility criteria for your foundation to participate are $100 million in assets and/or a minimum of 10 employees.

Purchase Option #2:
The 2021 Full Report of Results for $6,000
If your foundation does not meet the minimum participation criteria, the fee to purchase the 2021 Report of Results pdf format is $6,000.

Eligibility Requirements to Participate

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

To register your company for participation in this Survey or to ask questions about participation, please email us at


The Croner Company 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 companies. The Croner Company aggregates data using DOJ "Safe Harbor Guidelines" to ensure full regulatory compliance of the Survey report.

Survey reports are distributed only to participants and all participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.