Nonprofit Sector Pay and Benefits Survey 2017 - Your Participation Required

The Community Foundation of Ireland, The Wheel and Dóchas invite you to participate in 2017 Survey on Pay and Conditions of Employment in Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations.

The purpose of the survey is to develop a comprehensive overview of pay and benefits in the non-profit sector. Your participation is very important; the resulting report will help boards, policy makers, managers and staff to understand current trends and practices in relation to pay and conditions of employment in the sector. It will provide a helpful benchmark for nonprofits assessing their own pay structures.

Given many challenges currently facing our sector, such as restricted funding and the negative publicity generated by high -profile financial mismanagement cases, this survey (see relevant links below) will provide a welcome increase our transparency in relation to pay and benefits.

This survey was previously conducted in 2008 and 2015. A copy of the 2015 survey report can be viewed here

Completing the Questionnaire

Please ensure that the person completing this survey has access to information about pay and benefits at ALL levels of the organisation. Please download the explanatory notes at the link below, to refer to as you complete it. The options for completing the questionnaire are:

  1. Online: There are two different questionnaires- one for small organisations (fewer than 10 employees) and one for medium to large organisations (10 employees or more). Both surveys can be accessed via the links at the end of this mail.
  2. Word version (post or email): If you prefer, you can complete a Word document version by clicking on the link below and downloading the questionnaire and explanatory notes. The instructions for returning the Word version are on the front of the questionnaire. You can return a hard copy or soft copy, and you can complete it by hand or in MS Word; link below.

Prize Draw - Win a Tablet Computer for Your Organisation

All organisations who complete the survey by Monday, 19 June will enter a draw for an android tablet for their organisation. The winner will be informed by the end of June.

Closing Date and Confidentiality

We would be grateful if you would complete and return this questionnaire before the closing date of Monday, 19 June 2017.  The survey should take between 20 minutes (small organisations) and 50 minutes (medium and large organisations) of your time. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Aoife Dermody of Quality Matters on / 01 8720030 / 087 7515230

Please note that the data collected will be treated in strictest confidence and your organisation will not be identifiable in any report resulting from the survey. Only the research team will have access to the survey data. Your input is highly valued and will help all of us to develop a shared understanding of our sector, as well as increasing our transparency and accountability to the public. 


  • Explanatory Notes to Complete the Survey: click here
  • Survey for Medium to Large Organisations (10+ staff): click here
  • Survey for Small Organisations (9 or fewer staff): click here
  • Link to Word Versions: click here.

Thank you for your participation.