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Nonprofit Survey Takes Shape with Interstate Support

Nonprofits know that we solve problems best when we solve them together. Sometimes “together” can extend all the way across the country.

That was the case in the creation of InterSector’s 2019 Northeast Wisconsin Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey.

The idea started with northeast Wisconsin nonprofits themselves, who hadn’t seen relevant data from close to home since 2016 at the most recent. They passed the idea to the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, who passed it to InterSector, knowing that we, as an emerging capacity-building initiative, have a focus on HR.

From there, seven funders joined the fun. Recognizing the value to nonprofit organizations, Brown County United Way, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, United Way Fox Cities and the Nonprofit Impact Initiative, comprised of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, the Helen Daniels Bader Fund and RRF Foundation for Aging, invested funding and communication resources to make the survey happen.

In addition, a chain of clever souls from here to the West Coast and back lent their expertise. Laura Pierce, executive director of Washington Nonprofits, had welcomed InterSector and other northeast Wisconsin nonprofit leaders on an April 2019 study tour of Seattle nonprofit capacity-building initiatives. Laura later connected InterSector with Amy Little, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center (INC). Amy and INC had just completed a statewide nonprofit compensation and benefits survey worth emulating.

Amy made the introduction to the Idaho Policy Institute (IPI) at Boise State University, and to Lantz McGinnis-Brown. IPI’s methodology, and Lantz’s enduring patience and data visualization wizardry, brought the survey to life. So did the 155 nonprofit leaders who submitted data.

Survey results will be rolled out at events in Green Bay on Jan. 28; the Fox Cities on Jan. 29; and Oshkosh on Feb. 14. Thereafter, they will be available online in a free Tableau Public data visualization. An in-depth report will be made available to survey participants for free, and may be purchased by non-participants for $50.

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