We know that the social justice sector is not funded as well as the overall nonprofit sector. Just 14% of grant dollars go to groups addressing the root causes of economic, social, and environmental injustice. We also know that many social justice groups suffered large budget cuts due to the recession and most are still facing reduced or stagnant income trends. How are these trends affecting compensation practices in the sector? How well are we treating the people who tackle our most pressing issues of poverty, discrimination, war, and climate change?
A national report called The Wages of Peace and Justice shows that staff in social justice groups are paid significantly less than in the overall nonprofit sector. The study also reports these groups often offer more generous leave and benefits, and try to reflect social justice values in creative ways in both compensation and benefits.