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Alzheimer's Association

CharityWatch report issued
May 2023

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave.
17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-7633

Other Names

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Leads the way to end Alzheimer's & all other dementia, by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction & early detection, and maximizing quality care & support.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2022

Program Percentage: 76%

The percentage of Alzheimer's Association's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $21

How many dollars Alzheimer's Association spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Alzheimer's Association's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
78% $18
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association IRS Form 990 13-3039601
Alzheimer's Association Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
Entity: Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3039601
Entity: Alzheimer's Association
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Alzheimer's Association
meets governance benchmarks.
Alzheimer's Association
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Harry Johns Past President/CEO $1,468,134
2 Katherine Pike CSO/President $832,589
3 Donna McCullough Chief Mission & Field Operations Officer $775,175
Name: Harry Johns
Title: Past President/CEO
Compensation: $1,468,134
Name: Katherine Pike
Title: CSO/President
Compensation: $832,589
Name: Donna McCullough
Title: Chief Mission & Field Operations Officer
Compensation: $775,175

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch's rating of the Alzheimer's Association is for the 501(c)(3) public charity, Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association (tax ID #13-3039601).

According to the Alzheimer's Association consolidated audit of June 30, 2022 (Note A, Organization and Basis of Consolidation):  "The Association oversees the operations and activities for 75 chapters to facilitate strategic alignment, deliver on the overarching Association-wide strategic objectives and priority activities, and to ensure coverage for all geographic territories."

According to the Alzheimer's Association tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, the Association reports receiving approximately $8.2 million in donated in-kind services and use of facilities and approximately $1.1 million in donated gifts-in-kind items (IRS Form 990, Schedule D, Part XI & Schedule M).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Alzheimer's Association tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, the Association reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons two transactions involving children of two directors on the Alzheimer's Association board. The transactions are in the amounts of $61,920 and $24,889 and are each described as being for "Employment" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V).

According to the Alzheimer's Association tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, the Association reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, line 7):

"Alzheimer's Association has a performance-based incentive compensation plan. Certain individuals of Alzheimer's Association can earn incentive compensation if they meet the criteria outlined in their respective employment agreements.

"The CEO is also eligible to participate in the incentive compensation plan and his incentive compensation payments are reviewed and approved by the compensation committee. The compensation committee retains sole discretion to determine the amount of any incentive compensation paid to executives."

The Alzheimer's Association reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to 10 individuals, including $388,300 paid to Harry Johns, "President (thru 11/2021) / CEO," whose reported total compensation in calendar year 2021 is $1,468,134. The "Bonus & incentive compensation" amounts for the other nine individuals range from $165,500 to $45,748, with associated reported total compensation in calendar year 2021 ranging from $832,589 to $396,249. For some individuals, including Harry Johns, the reported total compensation amounts include compensation from related organizations (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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