Letters to the Editor
For the publisher:
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, which I lead, strongly disagrees with Vincent Robinson’s recent editorial in the Chronicle of philanthropy in which he states that showing wages in job postings is the “bad battle” to achieve diversity in the nonprofit workplace. His point of view is wrong and harmful.
Robinson has a lot of great suggestions, but which one he chooses to focus on just doesn’t make sense.
Don’t stop looking until your candidate pool is diverse? Agreed. Go beyond traditional job posting platforms? Yes. Build a diverse research committee and define compensation objectively and fairly? Absolutely. These are all great ideas and should be part of every organization’s hiring process.
But not to disclose the salaries? How can he believe this is a good idea when the Studies showthat a lack of pay transparency contributes to hiring inequity and reinforces kind and racial pay differentials in the fundraising profession and society as a whole? Not disclosing salary ranges contradicts our field’s emphasis on transparency and accountability, which happens to be a key tenet of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethics.
After closely examining this issue over the past few years, our organization has made the decision to require charities using our job site to include salary ranges in their job postings. We know that demanding salary information is not a panacea, but it is a crucial step towards increasing equity and diversity in the profession and the nonprofit world.
We have only received positive feedback from charities using our site. Perhaps this is because employers recognize the value of pay transparency. Research shows that job postings that include pay scales receive around 30 percent more attention than those who do not have such information.
I don’t want to dismiss Robinson’s significant experience and perspectives. His editorial includes important tips that charities should adopt. But its main message is wrong. Charities and all hiring organizations, including job boards such as the one hosted by this publication, should list salary ranges in their job postings. It will help the field take a critical step toward achieving gender and race pay equity and, in turn, will help nonprofits find the largest pool of diverse candidates best equipped to serve. their organizations and communities.
President and CEO
Association of Fundraising Professionals