Incentive Pay Practices: Nonprofit/Government Organizations

A Report by WorldatWork and Compensation Advisory Partners (CAP)


U.S. nonprofit and government organizations continue to make significant use of short-term cash incentives to motivate and reward employees, according to the 2016 Compensation Advisory Partners (CAP) and WorldatWork survey of incentive compensation programs at these organizations. Short-term cash incentives are more prevalent at nonprofits than at government organizations, and the incentive budgets are larger. Long-term incentive usage continues to be rare at both types of organizations

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Government organizations rely on retirement plans as a long-term component of compensation, as do nonprofits to a lesser degree.

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