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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 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.
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 Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $2,428,797 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $1,260,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
5 Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $2,289,308 06/30/2021
  Note: Includes $1,225,003 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 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.
9 Wayne R. LaPierre
Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) $1,665,267 12/31/2020
10 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $1,367,655 06/30/2020
11 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association $1,358,498 06/30/2020
12 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $1,358,211 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
13 Leana Wen
Past President/CEO
Planned Parenthood Federation of America $1,284,459 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $655,000 severance payment.
14 Brian Gallagher
Past President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $1,208,913 12/31/2020
15 Brian McPeek
Past Chief Conservation Officer
Nature Conservancy $1,206,765 06/30/2020
  Note: Includes $700,000 separation payment.
16 Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $1,192,775 12/31/2020
17 Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $1,127,575 06/30/2021
18 John Allen
President
Brookings Institution $1,120,160 06/30/2020
19 Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $1,108,510 12/31/2020
20 David Miliband
President/CEO
International Rescue Committee $1,073,125 09/30/2020
21 William Donohue
President
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights $1,053,127 12/31/2019
22 David Harris
CEO
American Jewish Committee (AJC) $1,044,875 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $446,424 supplemental executive retirement plan payout.
23 Fred Gage
President
Salk Institute for Biological Studies $1,025,418 06/30/2020
24 Deborah W. Brooks
Co-Founder/Executive Vice Chair
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research $987,604 12/31/2020
  Note: Includes $550,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
25 Caryl M. Stern
Past President/CEO
United States Fund for UNICEF $984,406 06/30/2020
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: 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: 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.
5
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.
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: 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.
9
Name: Wayne R. LaPierre
Title: Executive VP
Charity: National Rifle Association (NRA)
Compensation: $1,665,267
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
10
Name: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Compensation: $1,367,655
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
11
Name: Harry Johns
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Alzheimer's Association
Compensation: $1,358,498
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
12
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.
13
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.
14
Name: Brian Gallagher
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: United Way Worldwide
Compensation: $1,208,913
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
15
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.
16
Name: Marc H. Morial
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Urban League (National Office)
Compensation: $1,192,775
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
17
Name: Carter Roberts
Title: President/CEO
Charity: World Wildlife Fund
Compensation: $1,127,575
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2021
18
Name: John Allen
Title: President
Charity: Brookings Institution
Compensation: $1,120,160
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
19
Name: Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Title: Physician
Charity: Boys Town
Compensation: $1,108,510
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
20
Name: David Miliband
Title: President/CEO
Charity: International Rescue Committee
Compensation: $1,073,125
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2020
21
Name: William Donohue
Title: President
Charity: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Compensation: $1,053,127
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2019
22
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.
23
Name: Fred Gage
Title: President
Charity: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Compensation: $1,025,418
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020
24
Name: Deborah W. Brooks
Title: Co-Founder/Executive Vice Chair
Charity: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Compensation: $987,604
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2020
Note: Includes $550,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
25
Name: Caryl M. Stern
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: United States Fund for UNICEF
Compensation: $984,406
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2020