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$1 Million Charity Compensation Packages: 2024 Update

   Apr 25, 2024

The list below includes the top three compensation packages of $1 million or more at each nonprofit, and is based on CharityWatch's most current information as of April 25th, 2024. 

The Compensation column includes total of base compensation, bonus and incentive compensation, retirement and deferred compensation, nontaxable benefits, and other reportable compensation as reported to the IRS (Form W-2, 1099-MISC, and/or 1099-NEC), excluding any amounts already reported by the organization in a prior year IRS Form 990. Retirement payouts, deferred compensation, severance, and bonuses that (a) comprise 75% or more of total annual compensation, or (b) total to $1 million or more are footnoted.

NOTE: Due to differences in the way compensation might be allocated, high salaries do not necessarily indicate inefficiencies just as low salaries are not always beneficial. A more detailed explanation is provided below the chart.

Name & TitleCharityCompensationFiscal Year
Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
Past President/CEO
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center$8,104,96012/31/2022
 Note: Includes $6,080,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
Jason Klein
Senior VP/Chief Investment Officer
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center$6,868,04712/31/2022
 Note: Includes $2,530,000 bonus & incentive compensation and $2,980,253 deferred compensation.
Nancy Brown
American Heart Association$4,145,05506/30/2023
 Note: Includes $2,994,278 bonus & incentive compensation.
Robert W. Stone
City of Hope & Affiliates$3,684,87109/30/2022
 Note: Includes $1,445,927 bonus & incentive compensation.
Mark Bilsky, M.D.
Attenting - Neurosurgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center$3,403,99612/31/2022
 Note: Includes $1,500,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
Ellen Raney, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon/Professor
Shriners Hospitals for Children$3,366,55212/31/2022
 Note: Includes $2,664,737 defined benefit supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute$2,802,98009/30/2022
Jack Mahler, M.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation$2,248,53212/31/2022
 Note: Includes $1,760,233 bonus & incentive compensation.
Harlan Levine, M.D.
President, Health Innovation & Policy
City of Hope & Affiliates$2,232,37709/30/2022
Michael S. Salem, M.D.
National Jewish Health$2,020,14606/30/2022
Steven T. Rosen, M.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
City of Hope & Affiliates$1,955,87309/30/2022
Myra Biblowit
Breast Cancer Research Foundation$1,837,11106/30/2022
David Ellison
Chair, Pathology/Director, Neuropathology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital$1,829,59306/30/2022
 Note: Includes $1,035,264 non-qualified deferred compensation plan payment.
Emily Naus, M.D.
Past Anesthesiologist
Shriners Hospitals for Children$1,547,53012/31/2022
 Note: Includes $1,005,253 defined benefit supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
James R. Downing
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital$1,546,37206/30/2022
Harry Johns
Past President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association$1,468,13406/30/2022
Deborah W. Brooks
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research$1,423,66512/31/2022
Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D.
President/CEO Emeritus
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute$1,396,57109/30/2022
Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Boys Town$1,350,71512/31/2022
Maureen Maciel, M.D.
Past Chief of Staff
Shriners Hospitals for Children$1,334,25812/31/2022
Todd Sherer
Chief Mission Officer
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research$1,310,81412/31/2022
David M. Yarnold
Past President/CEO
National Audubon Society$1,276,17306/30/2022
Charles Ryan, M.D.
Prostate Cancer Foundation$1,248,91112/31/2022
Cristian Samper
Wildlife Conservation Society$1,237,93306/30/2022
Thomas E. Merchant
Chair, Radiation Oncology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital$1,232,03006/30/2022
Marc H. Morial
National Urban League (National Office)$1,208,64012/31/2022
Jonathan A. Greenblatt
CEO/National Director
Anti-Defamation League & Foundation$1,207,97812/31/2022
Michael P. Boyle, M.D.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation$1,190,09512/31/2022
Leslie Upton
American Heart Association$1,187,54406/30/2023
Sarah C. Hirshland
United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee$1,175,94712/31/2022
John Allen
Past President
Brookings Institution$1,172,26306/30/2022
James L. Clark
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (National Office)$1,171,81312/31/2022
Wayne R. LaPierre
Past Executive VP & NRA Foundation Ex-Officio
National Rifle Association (NRA)$1,171,69912/31/2022
 Note: Wayne LaPierre announced his resignation as chief executive of the NRA, effective January 31, 2024.
Carter Roberts
World Wildlife Fund$1,160,84406/30/2022
Michael L. Lomax
UNCF/United Negro College Fund$1,149,54303/31/2022
David Miliband
International Rescue Committee$1,142,41409/30/2022
Mariell Jessup
Chief Science & Medical Officer
American Heart Association$1,131,55906/30/2023
Earl Lee
Managing Director, Investments
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation$1,130,43012/31/2022
Karen E. Knudsen
American Cancer Society$1,118,60812/31/2022
Matt Bershadker
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)$1,117,17112/31/2022
Saro Jahani

CharityWatch's "A+" to "F" letter grade ratings and financial efficiency ratios take into account how a nonprofit's employee salaries and other compensation are allocated among program, management & general, and fundraising functions.

Nonprofits generally allocate compensation based on how each member of staff spends their time. For example, the salary of a doctor who spends 100% of their time on a charity's program activities, such as providing direct medical care, would generally be allocated 100% to program. A fundraising or development executive's salary would be allocated 100% to fundraising. An executive director or president of a charity might spent 40% of their time on program activities, 25% of their time managing their nonprofit, and 35% on fundraising, and this person's compensation would be allocated among program, management & general, and fundraising expenses commensurately.


Due to differences in the way compensation is allocated by charities in their IRS Form(s) 990 and audited financial statements, high salaries do not necessarily indicate inefficiencies just as low salaries are not always beneficial. Rather than perceiving a particular nonprofit executive's compensation as too high or too low based on its nominal value, appropriate salaries are better determined by considering factors such as special skills needed for the position, relevant education and experience, and the complexity of a charity's operations. CharityWatch encourages donors to view each nonprofit's letter grade rating to better understand how efficiently it is operating overall prior to making a giving decision.


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