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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 $5,734,609 12/31/2019
  Note: Includes $3,330,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
2 Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $3,827,671 09/30/2020
  Note: Includes $2,116,992 bonus & incentive compensation.
3 Craig Ono, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Shriners Hospitals for Children $2,692,183 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $1,932,426 supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
4 Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $2,517,493 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $1,463,790 bonus & incentive compensation.
5 Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $2,428,797 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $1,260,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
6 Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $2,049,428 09/30/2020
7 James R. Downing
President/CEO
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $1,904,885 06/30/2020
8 Wayne R. LaPierre
Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) $1,884,709 12/31/2019
9 J.C. Watts, Jr.
Past Director/CEO
Feed the Children $1,870,000 06/30/2020
  Note: $1,870,000 payment treated as reportable income, per terms of a settlement agreement.
10 Brian Gallagher
Past President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $1,578,515 12/31/2019
  Note: Includes $630,170 bonus & incentive compensation, and $353,263 retirement and other deferred compensation.
11 Jack Mahler, M.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $1,383,838 12/31/2019
  Note: Includes $300,000 bonus & incentive compensation, and $428,284 retirement and other deferred compensation.
12 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $1,367,655 06/30/2020
13 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association $1,358,498 06/30/2020
14 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $1,358,211 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
15 Leana Wen
Past President/CEO
Planned Parenthood Federation of America $1,284,459 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $655,000 severance payment.
16 Brian McPeek
Past Chief Conservation Officer
Nature Conservancy $1,206,765 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $700,000 separation payment.
17 David M. Yarnold
Past President/CEO
National Audubon Society $1,153,346 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $527,500 bonus & incentive compensation.
18 Arthur C. Brooks
Past President
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research $1,148,453 06/30/2019
19 John Allen
President
Brookings Institution $1,120,160 06/30/2020
20 Michael B. Surbaugh
Past President
Boy Scouts of America (National Office) $1,118,903 12/31/2019
21 Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $1,093,349 06/30/2020
22 Gary M. Reedy
Past CEO
American Cancer Society $1,091,029 12/31/2019
23 Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $1,081,526 12/31/2019
24 David Miliband
President/CEO
International Rescue Committee $1,073,125 09/30/2020
25 William Donohue
President
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights $1,053,127 12/31/2019
1
Name: Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Compensation: $5,734,609
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
Note: Includes $3,330,000 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: Craig Ono, M.D.
Title: Orthopedic Surgeon
Charity: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Compensation: $2,692,183
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
Note: Includes $1,932,426 supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
4
Name: Nancy Brown
Title: CEO
Charity: American Heart Association
Compensation: $2,517,493
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
Note: Includes $1,463,790 bonus & incentive compensation.
5
Name: Michael Salem, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Jewish Health
Compensation: $2,428,797
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
Note: Includes $1,260,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
6
Name: Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Compensation: $2,049,428
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2020
7
Name: James R. Downing
Title: President/CEO
Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Compensation: $1,904,885
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
8
Name: Wayne R. LaPierre
Title: Executive VP
Charity: National Rifle Association (NRA)
Compensation: $1,884,709
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
9
Name: J.C. Watts, Jr.
Title: Past Director/CEO
Charity: Feed the Children
Compensation: $1,870,000
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
Note: $1,870,000 payment treated as reportable income, per terms of a settlement agreement.
10
Name: Brian Gallagher
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: United Way Worldwide
Compensation: $1,578,515
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
Note: Includes $630,170 bonus & incentive compensation, and $353,263 retirement and other deferred compensation.
11
Name: Jack Mahler, M.D.
Title: Chief Investment Officer
Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Compensation: $1,383,838
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
Note: Includes $300,000 bonus & incentive compensation, and $428,284 retirement and other deferred compensation.
12
Name: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Compensation: $1,367,655
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
13
Name: Harry Johns
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Alzheimer's Association
Compensation: $1,358,498
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
14
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.
15
Name: Leana Wen
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Compensation: $1,284,459
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
Note: Includes $655,000 severance payment.
16
Name: Brian McPeek
Title: Past Chief Conservation Officer
Charity: Nature Conservancy
Compensation: $1,206,765
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
Note: Includes $700,000 separation payment.
17
Name: David M. Yarnold
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: National Audubon Society
Compensation: $1,153,346
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
Note: Includes $527,500 bonus & incentive compensation.
18
Name: Arthur C. Brooks
Title: Past President
Charity: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Compensation: $1,148,453
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
19
Name: John Allen
Title: President
Charity: Brookings Institution
Compensation: $1,120,160
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
20
Name: Michael B. Surbaugh
Title: Past President
Charity: Boy Scouts of America (National Office)
Compensation: $1,118,903
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
21
Name: Carter Roberts
Title: President/CEO
Charity: World Wildlife Fund
Compensation: $1,093,349
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
22
Name: Gary M. Reedy
Title: Past CEO
Charity: American Cancer Society
Compensation: $1,091,029
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
23
Name: Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Title: Physician
Charity: Boys Town
Compensation: $1,081,526
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
24
Name: David Miliband
Title: President/CEO
Charity: International Rescue Committee
Compensation: $1,073,125
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2020
25
Name: William Donohue
Title: President
Charity: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Compensation: $1,053,127
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019