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Nonprofit Compensation Packages of $1 Million or More

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. The footnotes below indicate the inclusion of certain compensation amounts that were earned over multiple reporting years and/or in a prior reporting year.

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 & Title Charity Compensation Fiscal Year
Chris Cox
Past Executive Director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action
National Rifle Association (NRA) $6,183,381 12/31/2021
  Note: Chris Cox, former officer, ended his employment on June 26, 2019, and received taxable compensation of $2,437,951 as part of a litigation settlement, plus payments for his attorneys' fees made directly to his attorneys and reported on Form 1099-NEC in the amount of $3,745,430.
Viviane Tabar, M.D.
Chairman Attending Neurosurgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $4,869,769 12/31/2020
Scott Kozin, M.D.
Chief of Staff
Shriners Hospitals for Children $3,766,387 12/31/2021
  Note: Includes $2,872,122 defined benefit supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $3,282,563 09/30/2021
Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $2,289,308 06/30/2021
Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $2,026,618 09/30/2021
Jack Mahler, M.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $1,709,375 12/31/2021
  Note: Includes $625,413 retirement & deferred compensation.
James R. Downing
President/CEO
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $1,558,983 06/30/2021
Brian Gallagher
Past President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $1,538,953 12/31/2021
Harry Johns
Past President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association $1,468,134 06/30/2022
Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $1,432,287 06/30/2020
Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $1,305,424 12/31/2021
Jonathan A. Greenblatt
CEO/National Director
Anti-Defamation League & Foundation $1,251,732 12/31/2021
Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $1,195,802 12/31/2021
Michael L. Lomax
President/CEO
UNCF/United Negro College Fund $1,169,606 03/31/2021
  Note: Includes a 3-year cumulative lump sum retention payout of $300,000.
Wayne R. LaPierre
Ex-Officio & NRA Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation $1,143,868 12/31/2021
  Note: Compensation is paid by the related National Rifle Association (NRA).
Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $1,127,575 06/30/2021
Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $1,080,390 06/30/2021
David Miliband
President/CEO
International Rescue Committee $1,062,555 09/30/2021
Sarah C. Hirshland
CEO
United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee $1,007,836 12/31/2021
1
Name: Chris Cox
Title: Past Executive Director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Charity: National Rifle Association (NRA)
Compensation: $6,183,381
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
Note: Chris Cox, former officer, ended his employment on June 26, 2019, and received taxable compensation of $2,437,951 as part of a litigation settlement, plus payments for his attorneys' fees made directly to his attorneys and reported on Form 1099-NEC in the amount of $3,745,430.
2
Name: Viviane Tabar, M.D.
Title: Chairman Attending Neurosurgery
Charity: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Compensation: $4,869,769
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
3
Name: Scott Kozin, M.D.
Title: Chief of Staff
Charity: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Compensation: $3,766,387
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
Note: Includes $2,872,122 defined benefit supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
4
Name: Robert W. Stone
Title: President/CEO
Charity: City of Hope & Affiliates
Compensation: $3,282,563
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2021
5
Name: Nancy Brown
Title: CEO
Charity: American Heart Association
Compensation: $2,289,308
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
6
Name: Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Compensation: $2,026,618
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2021
7
Name: Jack Mahler, M.D.
Title: Chief Investment Officer
Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Compensation: $1,709,375
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
Note: Includes $625,413 retirement & deferred compensation.
8
Name: James R. Downing
Title: President/CEO
Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Compensation: $1,558,983
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
9
Name: Brian Gallagher
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: United Way Worldwide
Compensation: $1,538,953
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
10
Name: Harry Johns
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: Alzheimer's Association
Compensation: $1,468,134
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2022
11
Name: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Compensation: $1,432,287
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
12
Name: Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Title: Physician
Charity: Boys Town
Compensation: $1,305,424
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
13
Name: Jonathan A. Greenblatt
Title: CEO/National Director
Charity: Anti-Defamation League & Foundation
Compensation: $1,251,732
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
14
Name: Marc H. Morial
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Urban League (National Office)
Compensation: $1,195,802
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
15
Name: Michael L. Lomax
Title: President/CEO
Charity: UNCF/United Negro College Fund
Compensation: $1,169,606
Fiscal Year: 03/31/2021
Note: Includes a 3-year cumulative lump sum retention payout of $300,000.
16
Name: Wayne R. LaPierre
Title: Ex-Officio & NRA Executive VP
Charity: National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation
Compensation: $1,143,868
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021
Note: Compensation is paid by the related National Rifle Association (NRA).
17
Name: Carter Roberts
Title: President/CEO
Charity: World Wildlife Fund
Compensation: $1,127,575
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
18
Name: Michael Salem, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Jewish Health
Compensation: $1,080,390
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
19
Name: David Miliband
Title: President/CEO
Charity: International Rescue Committee
Compensation: $1,062,555
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2021
20
Name: Sarah C. Hirshland
Title: CEO
Charity: United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
Compensation: $1,007,836
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2021

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.