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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.

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
Viviane Tabar, M.D.
Chairman Attending Neurosurgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $4,869,769 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $3,350,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $3,827,671 09/30/2020
  Note: Includes $2,116,992 bonus & incentive compensation.
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.
Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $2,289,308 06/30/2021
  Note: Includes $1,225,003 bonus & incentive compensation.
Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $2,049,428 09/30/2020
Jack Mahler, M.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $1,698,720 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $446,250 bonus & incentive compensation, and $606,820 retirement & deferred compensation.
Wayne R. LaPierre
Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) $1,665,267 12/31/2020
James R. Downing
President/CEO
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $1,558,983 06/30/2021
Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $1,432,287 06/30/2020
Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association $1,358,498 06/30/2020
Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $1,358,211 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
Brian Gallagher
Past President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $1,208,913 12/31/2020
Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $1,192,775 12/31/2020
Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $1,127,575 06/30/2021
Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $1,108,510 12/31/2020
Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $1,080,390 06/30/2021
David Miliband
President/CEO
International Rescue Committee $1,073,125 09/30/2020
William Donohue
President
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights $1,066,936 12/31/2020
David Harris
CEO
American Jewish Committee (AJC) $1,044,875 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $446,424 supplemental executive retirement plan payout.
1
Name: Viviane Tabar, M.D.
Title: Chairman Attending Neurosurgery
Charity: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Compensation: $4,869,769
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
Note: Includes $3,350,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
2
Name: Robert W. Stone
Title: President/CEO
Charity: City of Hope & Affiliates
Compensation: $3,827,671
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2020
Note: Includes $2,116,992 bonus & incentive compensation.
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: Nancy Brown
Title: CEO
Charity: American Heart Association
Compensation: $2,289,308
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
Note: Includes $1,225,003 bonus & incentive compensation.
5
Name: Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Compensation: $2,049,428
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2020
6
Name: Jack Mahler, M.D.
Title: Chief Investment Officer
Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Compensation: $1,698,720
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
Note: Includes $446,250 bonus & incentive compensation, and $606,820 retirement & deferred compensation.
7
Name: Wayne R. LaPierre
Title: Executive VP
Charity: National Rifle Association (NRA)
Compensation: $1,665,267
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
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: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Compensation: $1,432,287
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
10
Name: Harry Johns
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Alzheimer's Association
Compensation: $1,358,498
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
11
Name: Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Prostate Cancer Foundation
Compensation: $1,358,211
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
12
Name: Brian Gallagher
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: United Way Worldwide
Compensation: $1,208,913
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
13
Name: Marc H. Morial
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Urban League (National Office)
Compensation: $1,192,775
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
14
Name: Carter Roberts
Title: President/CEO
Charity: World Wildlife Fund
Compensation: $1,127,575
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
15
Name: Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Title: Physician
Charity: Boys Town
Compensation: $1,108,510
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
16
Name: Michael Salem, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Jewish Health
Compensation: $1,080,390
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
17
Name: David Miliband
Title: President/CEO
Charity: International Rescue Committee
Compensation: $1,073,125
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2020
18
Name: William Donohue
Title: President
Charity: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Compensation: $1,066,936
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
19
Name: David Harris
Title: CEO
Charity: American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Compensation: $1,044,875
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
Note: Includes $446,424 supplemental executive retirement plan payout.

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.