This survey was conducted online by researchers from The Ohio State University in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) between July 30 and August 30, 2020. The survey was sent to 17,041 AFP members aged 18+ working in the U.S. or Canada. A total of 1,783 (n=1,598 U.S., n=184 Canadian) respondents completed the survey for a response rate of 10.46%.
The survey sample frame was selected among those who are members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals that have agreed to participate in online surveys. People who identify as male responded at a lower rate to the 2018 Harris Survey of AFP members, and were therefore over-sampled for this survey. Weights were then calculated to adjust for the over-sampling of males and non-response bias across males and females working in the U.S. and Canada.
The survey instrument was modeled after a workplace climate survey developed and implemented by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) of the U.S. Federal Government. Measures used in the MSPB survey are well-validated and reliable. After adapting the MSPB survey to the research objectives, OSU researchers conducted five cognitive interviews with fundraisers. Based on feedback from the cognitive interviews, the survey was adjusted to help ensure comprehension of the questions by respondents.