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Organizational Performance: The Effects of Executive Compensation in the Nonprofit World

Track: Human Resources Management

Keywords: Compensation, executive compensation, compensation theories, nonprofit, governance board, compensation package, three-step process

The compensation of the nonprofit executive can have significant influence and bearing on the overall performance and long-term success of an organization. A well-designed executive compensation plan will help an organization navigate obstacles such as the Internal Revenue Service, poor public perception, and loss of revenue, to successfully compete in the global talent marketplace. Through the use of integrated literature review and our own personal experiences, our research sheds light on varying compensation package design factors related to an organization’s size, finances, sector, geographic location and span, and success rate of the services they provide. This study evaluates various compensation theories in relation to nonprofit accountability, and the similarities and differences in regards to for-profit entities. While there is no single method to determining nonprofit executive compensation, there are several reliable methods that when combined, can positively impact an organization, and can help ensure that compensation committees and the board are making the correct decision for the organization and its mission.


Caitlin Millerd -
Quinnipiac University MSOL Program

Eric Kaulfuss -
Quinnipiac University MSOL Program

Nicole Krejci -
Quinnipiac University MSOL Program

Timothy O'Sullivan - Timothy.O'
Quinnipiac University MSOL Program

Lathel Bryant -
Quinnipiac University MSOL Program


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