Annual Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey Opens Next Week

SECF is pleased to be among 10 regional philanthropy-serving organizations from across the county to partner with the Council on Foundations (COF) on the 2018 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits (GSB) Survey.

Since 1980, the GSB Survey has provided the sector with the most comprehensive data on staff composition and compensation in the United States for grantmakers to use in planning budgets, benchmarking personnel policies and practices, determining salary levels for new and existing staff, and more.

We encourage all SECF members to participate in the 2018 GSB Survey – the greater the participation, the greater the insight.

Plus, participation gives you complimentary access to:

  • 2018 GSB Report (mid-September 2018 release date): This is the earliest the full report has ever been released and it has been expedited in response to survey participant feedback.

  • Benchmark Central, COF’s online benchmarking tool which will allows you to create custom benchmarking reports. Access to a multi-module tutorial on how to maximize the platform will be announced in conjunction with the release of the report.

In addition, SECF members have exclusive access to custom salary tables just for the Southeast region. These tables are compiled each year by SECF staff using COF’s Benchmark Central. Greater participation in the 2018 GSB Survey will help us provide better data for you, our members. 

How to Participate

Earlier this week, individuals with active Benchmark Central accounts – the platform used to conduct the GSB Survey – received an email from the Council on Foundations verifying they have access to the platform and can participate when the survey window opens on Monday, April 2.

Please note that only individuals who participated in the GSB Survey for years 2014-2017 still have active Benchmark Central accounts.

If you have an active account but:

  • Have forgotten your password: You will be able to reset your login information including password through the email.

  • Are no longer the appropriate staff member to complete the survey: Email the contact information for the correct person including first and last name, title, and email to Please note, multiple individuals from your organization can work on your survey submission simultaneously but they will all need their own individual accounts. 

  • Do not receive your confirmation email: Email

If you do not have an active account or have never participated: 

  • Email the contact information for the appropriate person(s) to complete the survey for your foundation including first and last name, title, and email to

Please remember: Multiple individuals from your organization can work on your survey submission simultaneously but they will all need their own individual accounts.

Survey Dates

The 2018 GSB Survey window opens Monday, April 2 and runs through Monday, May 14. Individuals with active accounts will be notified via email directly by the Council on Foundations. The report will be released September 19, 2018.

Thank you in advance for participating in the 2018 GSB Survey. Your active engagement will directly benefit you, all SECF members, and the sector.

For more information, visit or email

Stephen Sherman is SECF's research and data manager.


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