Nonprofit Comparables AssessorTM:
Do-It-Yourself Compensation Analysis

GuideStar is pleased to be affiliated with Economic Research Institute (ERI). ERI's Nonprofit Comparables Assessor is an easy-to-use desktop program that converts the compensation data nonprofits report to the IRS on Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF into infinite combinations of reports and analyses. It can assist organizations in attracting, retaining, and motivating their key executive staff. Interactive graphs and screens present data from 3.5 million-plus forms representing more than 25 million incumbents. The Professional and Consultant Editions also include for-profit compensation data.

Nonprofit Comparables Assessor is available in three editions:

Nonprofit Comparables Assessor at a Glance

What: Desktop program for analyzing nonprofit compensation

Who should subscribe: Exempt organizations researching compensation, consultants advising nonprofits on compensation, regulators examining compensation, researchers studying nonprofit compensation

Why: To research fair and reasonable compensation

How: Aggregates and parses compensation reported on IRS Form 990 according to varied criteria

Demo Edition

Demo Edition Nonprofit Comparables Assessor (CA Demo) is for salary planning and lets you:

  • Search, rank, and sort by subsector, geographic area, date, and size (revenue, assets, or grants)
  • Calculate average competitive compensation levels, along with user-selected ranges and percentiles, for 90 nonprofit executive job titles and functions
  • Provide benchmarks for compensation planning from the most recent publicly available data
  • Include information from the 100,000 nonprofit organizations that pay within one standard deviation of the competitive average
  • Access source documents from the most recently digitized Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF (source data OCR/digitized by ERI, GuideStar, and Urban Institute under license) with an Internet link to the ERI Forms Library

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Professional Edition

Professional Edition Nonprofit Comparables Assessor & Tax-Exempt Survey (CA) is for in-depth research for organizations that wish to compare their executive pay practices with those in the for-profit arena. The Professional Edition does everything the Demo Edition does, plus:

  • Provides access to source documents with one click (on a "square dot"), including the most recently digitized Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF (source data OCR/digitized by ERI or supplied by GuideStar and the Urban Institute under license)
  • Adds all organizations above, below, and beyond ±1.0 standard deviation, enabling analyses of outliers, including Web searches for directors or officers earning $0
  • Adds business contractor as a "position" to allow analysis of Schedule A contractor data
  • Enhances CA Demo Edition with tabs for contractors, comparables history, trend, and additional analyses
  • Provides the ability to group peer organizations, including for-profit, with the detailed compensation comparables needed for a "rebuttable presumption of reasonableness" that protects an exempt organization from the imposition of intermediate sanctions taxes, penalties, and interest by the IRS (IRC 4958)
  • Incorporates ERI Executive Compensation Assessor & Survey data (shown as a "round dot"), allowing the comparison of for-profit comparables from publicly traded entities (data gathered from SEC 10-Ks and proxies, 1994 to present); these data have been used by the IRS National Appeals Office since 1989
  • Adds historic data for more than 200,000 organizations, more than 23 million lines of data, some starting in 1992
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Consultant Edition

Consultant Edition Nonprofit Comparables Assessor & Tax-Exempt Survey (CA+) is for in-depth research for consulting, board governance, or litigation support. The Consultant Edition does everything the Professional Edition does, plus:

  • Crosswalks to ERI's Occupational Assessor's Potential Employer file with 39 million names in a robust semantic search research of affiliations
  • Enhances CA with tabs for semantic searches (Full Xwalk) and state-specific analyses (State Analysis)
  • Provides the ability to group peer organizations, the detailed compensation comparables needed for a "rebuttable presumption of reasonableness" that protects an exempt organization from the imposition of intermediate sanctions taxes, penalties, and interest by the IRS (IRC 4958)
  • Used by consultants, attorneys, and accountants, as well as foundations and large national organizations (10 NASCO state charity offices and IRS National TEE are multi-copy subscribers); reports rates of error, satisfies Daubert Challenge rules
ERI Comparables Assessor Consultant Edition

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