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 $  5,303,958 12/31/2017 Includes $2,084,620 bonus & incentive compensation, and $1,276,326 retirement and other deferred compensation.
2 Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $  2,246,069 09/30/2017 Includes $1,039,014 bonus & incentive compensation.
3 Arthur Brooks
President
Arthur Brooks
President
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research $  2,236,549 06/30/2018 Includes $1,300,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
4 Joseph C. Cahoon
Past Senior EVP, Field Operations
Joseph C. Cahoon
Past Senior EVP, Field Operations
American Cancer Society $  1,959,600 12/31/2017 Includes $1,607,326 supplemental retirement benefits, $340,246 contractual payment, and $486,108 retirement & deferred compensation.
5 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.
6 Nancy Brown
CEO
Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $  1,733,963 06/30/2018 Includes $802,060 bonus & incentive compensation.
7 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  
8 Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) $  1,433,977 12/31/2017  
9 James W. DeMint
Past President
James W. DeMint
Past President
Heritage Foundation $  1,398,676 12/31/2017 Includes $621,163 severance payment and $575,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
10 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.
11 Jack Mahler, M.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Jack Mahler, M.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $  1,349,390 12/31/2017 Includes $650,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
12 Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $  1,342,674 06/30/2018  
13 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $  1,320,978 06/30/2017  
14 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $  1,288,873 12/31/2017 Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
15 Thomas E. Merchant
Chair
Thomas E. Merchant
Chair
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $  1,249,628 06/30/2017  
16 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association (National Office) $  1,172,505 06/30/2018  
17 Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director/CEO
Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director/CEO
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces $  1,106,685 12/31/2017  
18 Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $  1,091,806 12/31/2017  
19 Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $  1,087,498 12/31/2017  
20 Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Asia Society $  1,038,572 06/30/2017  
21 Ron Robinson
President
Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation $  1,016,874 12/31/2017  
22 Soledad Gompf
Senior VP/Philanthropic Advisor
Soledad Gompf
Senior VP/Philanthropic Advisor
FINCA International $  1,008,323 12/31/2017 Includes $794,498 in net deferred compensation, including tax gross-up payment.
23 Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $  1,001,076 12/31/2017  
24 Carter Roberts
President/CEO
Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $  953,130 06/30/2017  
25 Elizabeth Blackburn
President
Elizabeth Blackburn
President
Salk Institute for Biological Studies $  938,686 06/30/2017