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Fundraising salaries are up, but staff retention is still a challenge

Posted on 30/10/2018 by Matt Adams

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Our latest non-profit salary, rewards and retention survey 2018 highlights the challenges that charities are facing in retaining top fundraising talent.

In a survey of professionals across the sector, 28% of respondents stated that their current role is not progressing their career. 82% of respondents stated that they are either looking for a new role or would consider moving for the right role, marginally less than the sector as a whole (84%.)

Over-riding feedback from survey respondents suggests that many see the only way to develop their fundraising career is to move roles, as organisations fail to offer career progression or training to retain talent.

To counter this, in contrast to the last few years, we have seen modest salary increases for fundraisers at all levels this year. After a long period of salary stagnation these increases are overdue, although there is little evidence to suggest that this is having the desired effect in improving staff retention.

Flexible working

There has been some improvement on the number of respondents that receive flexible working hours, which is still the number one desired benefit, however the actual percentage of the workforce that receive this remains low in comparison to other sectors. You can read our article on why charities need to offer better flexible working options here.

One respondent to the survey quoted “I think that for a sector that you would assume thinks the most about its employees there isn’t really much in the way of progression and movement in salary. I find that other sectors have more in place to ensure that staff have the right perks and stay motivated.”

You can download the full report here