Top Compensation Packages

The salary information below was calculated by adding the IRS Form 990 categories of “Compensation,” “Contributions to employee benefit plans,” and “Expense accounts and other allowances.” Not included are any benefits received but not reported in the charity’s IRS Form 990. Information is based on the most current IRS Form 990 available.

When information is given only on the national headquarters and the charity does not include its affiliates in its financial statements, “National Office” appears after the group’s name.

NOTE:
CharityWatch grades are not based on the salary ranges reported in the IRS Form 990. DUE TO DIFFERENCES IN THE WAY SALARIES MIGHT BE ALLOCATED, HIGH SALARIES DO NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE INEFFICIENCIES JUST AS LOW SALARIES ARE NOT ALWAYS A PLUS.

  NAME & TITLE CHARITY COMPENSATION FISCAL YEAR NOTES
1 Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
President/CEO
Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
President/CEO
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $  6,700,703 12/31/2016 Includes $3,740,063 bonus & incentive compensation, and $1,213,562 retirement and other deferred compensation.
2 Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $  2,281,832 09/30/2016 Includes $1,064,773 bonus & incentive compensation.
3 Jeffrey Ackman
Orthopedic Surgeon
Jeffrey Ackman
Orthopedic Surgeon
Shriners Hospitals for Children $  1,899,826 12/31/2017 Includes $1,354,893 retirement and other deferred compensation.
4 Nancy Brown
CEO
Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $  1,850,348 06/30/2017 Includes $936,738 bonus & incentive compensation.
5 Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D.
Past President/CEO
Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D.
Past President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $  1,503,221 09/30/2017  
6 Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) $  1,422,339 12/31/2016  
7 Scott A. Blackmun
Past CEO
Scott A. Blackmun
Past CEO
United States Olympic Committee $  1,358,212 12/31/2017 Includes $610,783 bonus & incentive compensation.
8 Gregory P. Bontrager
Past COO
Gregory P. Bontrager
Past COO
American Cancer Society $  1,334,995 12/31/2016 Includes $670,129 supplemental employee retirement benefits and $664,866 deferred qualified retirement benefits.
9 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $  1,320,978 06/30/2017  
10 Thomas E. Merchant
Chair
Thomas E. Merchant
Chair
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $  1,249,628 06/30/2017  
11 James E. Williams, Jr.
Past President
James E. Williams, Jr.
Past President
Easterseals (National Office) $  1,238,076 12/31/2016 Includes $650,000 in supplemental executive retirement plan payments and deferred compensation accumulated over 24 years as President/CEO of Easter Seals, Inc., from June 1990 to December 31, 2014; and $99,996 for consulting services pursuant to an independent contractor contract with Easter Seals, Inc.
12 Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $  1,214,673 06/30/2017  
13 Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $  1,188,073 12/31/2016  
14 James W. DeMint
Past President
James W. DeMint
Past President
Heritage Foundation $  1,184,998 12/31/2016  
15 Arthur Brooks
President
Arthur Brooks
President
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research $  1,110,482 06/30/2017  
16 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association (National Office) $  1,109,458 06/30/2017  
17 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $  1,047,967 12/31/2016  
18 Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Asia Society $  1,038,572 06/30/2017  
19 Ron Robinson
President
Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation $  1,016,874 12/31/2017  
20 Preston Campbell, M.D.
President/CEO
Preston Campbell, M.D.
President/CEO
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $  957,145 12/31/2016  
21 Carter Roberts
President/CEO
Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $  953,130 06/30/2017  
22 Elizabeth Blackburn
President
Elizabeth Blackburn
President
Salk Institute for Biological Studies $  938,686 06/30/2017  
23 Kelli Jo Shidler. M.D.
Physician
Kelli Jo Shidler. M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $  932,033 12/31/2016  
24 Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director/CEO
Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director/CEO
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces $  918,677 12/31/2016  
25 Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $  900,187 12/31/2016