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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
1 Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
President/CEO
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $3,077,522 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $1,026,675 retirement and other deferred compensation.
2 Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $2,411,030 09/30/2018
  Note: Includes $1,072,243 bonus & incentive compensation.
3 Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $2,384,607 06/30/2019
  Note: Includes $1,462,035 bonus & incentive compensation.
4 Arthur Brooks
Past President
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research $2,236,549 06/30/2018
  Note: Includes $1,300,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
5 Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) $2,224,427 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $455,000 bonus & incentive compensation, and $365,909 deferred compensation payout.
6 Michelle James
Chief of Staff
Shriners Hospitals for Children $2,195,078 12/31/2019
  Note: Includes $1,578,245 supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
7 Laurie Glimcher, M.D.
President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $1,766,948 09/30/2019
8 Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $1,648,461 06/30/2019
9 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $1,338,610 12/31/2019
  Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
10 Preston Campbell, M.D.
Past President/CEO
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $1,307,915 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $488,881 bonus & incentive compensation. President/CEO through December 2019.
11 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $1,305,650 06/30/2019
12 James R. Downing
President/CEO
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $1,278,550 06/30/2019
13 Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director/CEO
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces $1,204,912 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $500,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
14 Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $1,177,156 12/31/2018
15 John Green
Group Director, Outdoor Adventures
Boy Scouts of America (National Office) $1,124,525 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $619,179 retirement and other deferred compensation.
16 Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $1,048,906 12/31/2018
17 Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $1,042,231 12/31/2018
18 Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Asia Society $1,037,909 06/30/2019
19 David Miliband
President/CEO
International Rescue Committee $1,019,636 09/30/2019
20 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association $1,015,015 06/30/2019
21 James L. Clark
President/CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (National Office) $1,003,982 12/31/2018
22 Tracey D. Brown
CEO
American Diabetes Association $943,881 12/31/2018
23 Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $939,880 06/30/2019
24 Gary M. Reedy
CEO
American Cancer Society $928,171 12/31/2018
25 Deborah W. Brooks
Co-Founder/Executive Vice Chair
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research $917,280 12/31/2019
  Note: Includes $500,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
1
Name: Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Compensation: $3,077,522
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $1,026,675 retirement and other deferred compensation.
2
Name: Robert W. Stone
Title: President/CEO
Charity: City of Hope & Affiliates
Compensation: $2,411,030
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2018
Note: Includes $1,072,243 bonus & incentive compensation.
3
Name: Nancy Brown
Title: CEO
Charity: American Heart Association
Compensation: $2,384,607
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
Note: Includes $1,462,035 bonus & incentive compensation.
4
Name: Arthur Brooks
Title: Past President
Charity: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Compensation: $2,236,549
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
Note: Includes $1,300,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
5
Name: Wayne LaPierre
Title: CEO/Executive VP
Charity: National Rifle Association (NRA)
Compensation: $2,224,427
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $455,000 bonus & incentive compensation, and $365,909 deferred compensation payout.
6
Name: Michelle James
Title: Chief of Staff
Charity: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Compensation: $2,195,078
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
Note: Includes $1,578,245 supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
7
Name: Laurie Glimcher, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Compensation: $1,766,948
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2019
8
Name: Michael Salem, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Jewish Health
Compensation: $1,648,461
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
9
Name: Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Prostate Cancer Foundation
Compensation: $1,338,610
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
10
Name: Preston Campbell, M.D.
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Compensation: $1,307,915
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $488,881 bonus & incentive compensation. President/CEO through December 2019.
11
Name: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Compensation: $1,305,650
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
12
Name: James R. Downing
Title: President/CEO
Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Compensation: $1,278,550
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
13
Name: Meir Klifi-Amir
Title: National Director/CEO
Charity: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Compensation: $1,204,912
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $500,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
14
Name: Marc H. Morial
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Urban League (National Office)
Compensation: $1,177,156
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
15
Name: John Green
Title: Group Director, Outdoor Adventures
Charity: Boy Scouts of America (National Office)
Compensation: $1,124,525
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $619,179 retirement and other deferred compensation.
16
Name: Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Title: Physician
Charity: Boys Town
Compensation: $1,048,906
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
17
Name: Brian Gallagher
Title: President/CEO
Charity: United Way Worldwide
Compensation: $1,042,231
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
18
Name: Kevin Rudd
Title: President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Charity: Asia Society
Compensation: $1,037,909
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
19
Name: David Miliband
Title: President/CEO
Charity: International Rescue Committee
Compensation: $1,019,636
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2019
20
Name: Harry Johns
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Alzheimer's Association
Compensation: $1,015,015
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
21
Name: James L. Clark
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Boys & Girls Clubs of America (National Office)
Compensation: $1,003,982
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
22
Name: Tracey D. Brown
Title: CEO
Charity: American Diabetes Association
Compensation: $943,881
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
23
Name: Carter Roberts
Title: President/CEO
Charity: World Wildlife Fund
Compensation: $939,880
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
24
Name: Gary M. Reedy
Title: CEO
Charity: American Cancer Society
Compensation: $928,171
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
25
Name: Deborah W. Brooks
Title: Co-Founder/Executive Vice Chair
Charity: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Compensation: $917,280
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
Note: Includes $500,000 bonus & incentive compensation.