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Announcing the King County Nonprofit Employment Surveys

Posted Feb 02, 2021 02:40 PM
Exciting news from 501 Commons! This spring, you will have the opportunity to participate in a project that we hope will result in building up a stronger nonprofit sector that can thrive in a post-pandemic world.

We are partnering with the King County Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy (VSHSL) to administer two important surveys that can shed light on ways to encourage people to enter and remain in nonprofit careers.

The Wage and Benefits Survey will gather information about pay levels and benefits. After the data has been collected and synthesized, organizations and employees will be able to access pay information for more than 200 job titles on the 501 Commons website. Benefits information will also be displayed. You’ll be able to filter these results by subsector and budget size. All the information will be free.

The Wage and Benefits Survey only needs to be filled out by the executive director, HR manager, or any single staff person familiar with employee compensation. This tool will help nonprofit employers set fair wages by looking at pay levels at comparable organizations. It will also allow employees to assess if the wages a position offers are in line with similar jobs in similar organizations. Research has found that racial minorities (particularly
Black employees), older workers, women, and people with disabilities are sometimes offered lower salaries than those offered to other applicants. Wage transparency helps employers avoid these practices.

The Employee Engagement Survey asks employees questions about their job satisfaction and work environment, including their thoughts on wages, benefits, and COVID response. The survey results will provide insight into factors that contribute to employee job satisfaction beyond fair salaries and good benefits. We want to know if employees feel they have the tools they need to do their jobs, receive the right kind of support from supervisors and leadership, have access to growth opportunities, feel the organization’s culture is inclusive, and much more.

We want a high percentage of employees to complete the Employee Engagement Survey. A link to the survey will be available on the 501 Commons website if you do not get it from your organization. Volunteers, interns, contractors, and board members are not eligible to take the Engagement Survey.

We expect the aggregated survey results, which will be published on the 501 Commons website, to suggest ways we could do a better job of engaging employees so they make nonprofit work a long-term career choice. Organizations with more than five respondents can receive results for their employees, providing even more relevant feedback.

Stay informed: King County-based and serving nonprofit organizations can
sign up to receive email updates about the two surveys, including tools to encourage your employees to participate. Signing up also ensures that you get the survey reports once all the data has been analyzed.

Survey Schedule: The Wage and Benefits Survey opens on Tuesday, March 2, and will close on May 2. The Employee Engagement Survey opens on Tuesday, April 6, and will close on June 6. Both surveys will be available in multiple languages to support equity and inclusivity.

If you have questions about the two surveys, join us for an information meeting on Tuesday, March 9, at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Visit our event page to register for the meeting. Feel free to email Jenny Lundqvist at with your questions.