Who run the (nonprofit) world? Girls!

At POINT, we work with a ton of charities and in turn – we get to work with a lot of bomb women leaders.

Photo: Gail Shammon

Have you ever considered the unique impact of women specifically on the nonprofit world? How the presence of women in key leadership roles compares to mainstream industries? Some of what we’ve learned may surprise you.

We all just celebrated International Women’s Day last week as we raised our hearts and hashtags for a #BalanceforBetter. You may also know that March is Women’s History Month, “encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history” (womenshistorymonth.gov).

In that spirit, POINT celebrates women transforming the world in nonprofits, victories towards equality, and how YOU can continue positive change towards true balance.

Did you know?

Compared to the labor force at large, where women make up 43% of full-time workers (Department of Labor, dol.gov; 2016), women make up 75% of the nonprofit employee base. Ummm woah – that is a LOT of women doing a LOT of amazing work.

And what about female CEOs?

Among Fortune 500 companies in 2018, just 4.8% of CEOs were women (the Atlantic), whereas women top execs in nonprofits have hit 45% (FastCompany).

45% is something to celebrate. Nonprofits do some of the most valuable work in our local and global communities, and edging towards balance in top representation is a massive feat. However, there still remains a large discrepancy between female representation in the workforce versus top leadership, and that’s something to keep an eye on. Plus, the more money the nonprofit controls, the less likely women are at the helm.

“The bigger an organization’s budget is, the less likely it is that a woman will be controlling the purse strings. Women lead only 33% of charitable groups with budgets of $10 million or more.” (Nonprofit Quarterly).


Is there good news about pay?

Well, if you are a woman reading this, or are someone that hires at your company – this is where you come in.

According to the United State Census Bureau, the 2017 pay gap between men and women was about 19% overall. In nonprofits, you’re looking at 21% (Shatter), so the pay gap is 2% larger in the nonprofit world compared to the corporate world. (Remember, women make up 30+% MORE of this workforce!) The nonprofit world is one that should be setting an example for equality and should be striving for equal pay of all of its employees – with no differences based on gender or race.


Are you a woman in the workforce?

Get this: on average, men are applying for jobs for which they meet about 60% of the qualifications, whereas women tend to apply only when they’re confident they qualify at 100%. That means women are missing out on a lot of opportunities. Wouldn’t it be great to have help in taking more of those chances on a career move that you want to make?

Thankfully, there is something: Shatter. Read more here about the up-and-coming browser plug-in that’s changing the face of job applications for women. You can’t get the job if you second-guess yourself before even applying.

Are you a hiring manager?

“Across all organizational levels, the study found that women are a whopping 15% less likely than men to get promoted.” (Business Insider)

You can take the lead on changing this statistic.
Companies with higher percentages of women in leadership positions are:

  • More profitable
  • Churn out 20% more patents because of ‘innovation intensity’
  • Contribute to companies being more admired (CNBC, 2018)

We’d bet, as a hiring professional, that you’re interested in more profits, more innovation, and more admiration of your company from the public.

When considering your field of applicants, keep noticing what they’re bringing to the table – you’ve got the potential for powerful changes to both your company and the workforce at large in your hands.

All this to say – women are making waves. And our world is better for it.

We’ve got a lot to celebrate, with still a ways to go.

So join us this month in celebrating and considering how we all can contribute to elevating women to equal ground in the work place.


No guilt trips, no sad stories. Just a chance to do something good.