The survey is now closed. Stay tuned for the report in Summer 2021.

Do Better Consulting surveyed consultants who work with nonprofits about their income, fees, and payment structures.

Why did you decide to do this?

As nonprofit consultants, we realized that:

  1. Most consultants don’t know what their competitors charge. Just like not knowing the salary in your field, this tends to exacerbate inequity, so people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds get paid less even when they are more qualified.
  2. Most nonprofits don’t know enough about consultants’ rates to budget for a project. Without the right budget and expectations, consultant-led projects can (and most likely, will) fail. That’s a waste of money and effort and it leads to a lack of trust between consultants and nonprofits. That’s not good for any of us.

Increasing transparency about consultant fees can help us all make a living at doing the work to which we are uniquely qualified and supporting the missions that improve our communities.

Who are you?

We are Do Better Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm that focuses on operations and fundraising for small organizations. We saw a need and decided to fill it. If you’re interested in partnering with us on this project, contact us.

Is this going to be a regular thing?

Honestly, we are going to have to see. In a perfect world, we would do this annually and report rates from around the world, compare to survey results from nonprofits who use consultants, and regularly provide resources to improve working relationships between consultants and nonprofits. But this is our first time, so we are considering this a pilot project and won’t make any decisions until we have a chance to reflect on the report and its usefulness to the field. (Does that “perfect world” scenario sound like something you’d like to invest in? Contact us!)