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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

CharityWatch report issued
January 2021

Top-Rated Charity
B+
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
98%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$31
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.mskcc.org

Stated Mission

Leadership in the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer through excellence, vision, and cost-effectiveness in patient care, outreach programs, research, and education.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2019

Program Percentage: 98%

The percentage of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$5,244,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $31

How many dollars Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$263,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center'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
98% $29
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
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Affiliated Corporations Combined Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center IRS Form 990 91-2154267
Entity: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Affiliated Corporations
Document Type: Combined Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 91-2154267

Governance & Transparency

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Craig B. Thompson, M.D. President/CEO $5,734,609
  Note: Includes $3,330,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
2 Kathryn Martin COO $2,625,946
3 David Jones, M.D. Chief Attending - Department of Surgery $2,591,447
1
Name: Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $5,734,609
Note: Includes $3,330,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
2
Name: Kathryn Martin
Title: COO
Compensation: $2,625,946
3
Name: David Jones, M.D.
Title: Chief Attending - Department of Surgery
Compensation: $2,591,447

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 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center includes the financial activities of the legal entities included in its combined audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended 12/31/2019. This includes the public charity, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as the following public charity incorporated affiliates: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases (the Hospital); Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research (the Institute); S.K.I. Realty, Inc.; MSK Insurance US, Inc. (MSKI); the Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium, LLC; Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention; and MSK Proton, Inc. 

According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (the Institute) combined audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 15, Subsequent Events):

"Due to the global viral outbreak caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in 2020, there have been resulting effects which could negatively impact the Institution's financial condition, including significant stock market exchange volatility, various temporary business closures and event cancellations, and other effects which could result in supply disruptions and/or decisions to defer elective procedures and other medical treatments at the Institution as the broader economic impact of COVID-19 develops. The ultimate impact of these matters to the Institution and its financial condition is presently unknown..."

According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (the Institute or the Center) 2019 tax filing, the Center reports re: Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V):

"1. Dr. Craig Thompson is the President of the Institute. His spouse is a laboratory member for Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. Her compensation for 2019 was $288,843."

"2. Mr. Michael P. Gutnick is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until his retirement in September 2019. His son is a fund coordinator in the Division of Medicine in the Hospital. His son's total compensation for 2019 was $153,341."

"3. Ms. Jamie Nicholls is a board member of the Institution. Her spouse is a co-founder of King Street Capital Management. During 2019, the Center paid King Street $473,747 in management fees. During 2019, carried interest was $176,742.  MSK gave a redemption notice at the end of 2018, and pursuant to the standard redemption terms, maintained a small and declining exposure to King Street throughout 2019 and into 2020. The Institution invested in King Street prior to Ms. Nicholls joining the board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center."

"4. Lisa DeAngelis M.D. is the Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer of the organization. She is 100% owner of Memorial Medical Care PC (MMPC). MMPC is a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt captive medical group. MMPC provides home health care to the Hospital's bone marrow transplant patients. The PC and the Hospital have a management agreement where there is no net cost to the Hospital for the service. The Hospital provides and charges the PC for the services rendered. The amount reported in [Schedule L] Part IV ($200,000) is the cost of such services for the year."

"The individuals listed were not a party to the transactions. There is no sharing of the Institution's revenue. The purchases of goods or services by the Institution were made in the ordinary course of the provider's business, at commercially available rates normally charged to others..."

[NOTE: As previously reported in the Center's 2017 IRS Form 990, Jose Baselga MD PhD was the Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer of the Organization. As of at least 12/31/2017 he was also 100% owner of Memorial Medical Care PC.]


Also according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (the Center) 2019 tax filing, the Center reports re: Loans to and/or from Interested Persons (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts II & V, Attachment 1):

1. A loan from the organization to Lisa DeAngelis MD, Physician-in-Chief, with a principal amount of $249,375 and a balance due of $207,505 at 12/31/2019. The purpose of the loan is reported as "mortgage"; the loan is not in default, was not approved by board or committee, and has a written agreement.

2. A loan from the organization to Simon Powell MD, Director, with a principal amount of $1,000,000 and a balance due of $300,000 at 12/31/2019. The purpose of the loan is reported as "housing"; the loan is not in default, was approved by board or committee, and has a written agreement.

According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (the Institute) combined audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 11, Grant Awards):

"The accompanying [audited] combined financial statements do not include amounts related to research grants (or portions thereof) that have been awarded to the Institute for which expenditures have not been incurred or cash has not been received. Such grant awards approximated $121.3 million and $113.5 million at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively."

According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (the Center) 2019 tax filing, the Center reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4a):

"Avice Meehan, SVP & Chief Communication Officer, [received severance pay] of $254,302. Terminated in May 2019."

"Jose Baselga, MD[,] PhD, former Physician in Chief & Chief Medical Officer [received severance pay] of $1,267,818. Terminated in September 2018."

[NOTE: According to an article dated 12/22/2020 in The New York Times, "Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center gave Dr. José Baselga a payout after he resigned under fire in 2018 over his ties to health care companies." See the Related External Articles section, below: "Sloan Kettering Paid $1.5 Million Severance to a Cancer Doctor Forced Out Over Conflicts," and "Memorial Sloan Kettering Leaders Violated Conflict-of-Interest Rules, Report Finds."]


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

"Incentive pay is provided to officers and key employees based on their achievement of pre-determined goals relating to quality of care, patient safety, operational efficiency and financial performance. The compensation committee of the board authorizes all executive bonuses and incentive plans on an annual basis."


The Center reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to 22 individuals in 2019. The five highest amounts reported are as follows (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) Craig B. Thompson MD, President & CEO: $3,330,000, with reported total compensation of $5,734,609.
(2) Patricia C. Skarulis, SVP-CH Info Officer, until 12/2019: $709,269, with reported total compensation of $1,089,041.
(3) Michael P. Gutnick, EVP & CFO, until 09/2019 : $708,022, with reported total compensation of $1,600,966.
(4) Jason Klein, SVP-Chief Investment Officer: $692,260, with reported total compensation of $1,715,616.
(5) Kathryn Martin, Chief Operating Officer: $676,550, with reported total compensation of $2,625,946.

In addition, the Center reports that 14 individuals received "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments in 2019 in amounts ranging from $571,560 to $243,030, and three individuals in amounts ranging from $88,540 to $50,000 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).


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