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 Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
National Rifle Association $  4,645,251 12/31/2015 Includes one-time deferred compensation payment from 457(f) plan of $3,767,345, made after 36 years of employment.
2 Jason Klein
Senior VP/Chief Investment Officer
Jason Klein
Senior VP/Chief Investment Officer
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center $  3,637,391 12/31/2015 Includes $1,846,113 retirement and deferred compensation.
3 Robert J. Beall
Past President/CEO
Robert J. Beall
Past President/CEO
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $  2,141,597 12/31/2015 Includes $1 million retirement award for 21 years of service as CEO and 14 years as Executive VP.
4 Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope $  1,765,025 09/30/2015  
5 Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D.
President/CEO
Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D.
President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $  1,539,789 09/30/2015  
6 Gregory P. Bontrager
Past COO
Gregory P. Bontrager
Past COO
American Cancer Society $  1,380,567 12/31/2015 Includes $482,115 separation payment and $440,000 earned from 2010 retention agreement.
7 Wayne Brock
Past Chief Scout Executive
Wayne Brock
Past Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America (National Office) $  1,351,724 12/31/2015  
8 Nancy Brown
CEO
Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $  1,343,019 06/30/2016 Includes $640,000 payment from retention agreement.
9 Rupert W. Scofield
President/CEO
Rupert W. Scofield
President/CEO
FINCA International $  1,281,285 12/31/2014 Includes $339,574 one-time vested retirement benefits and $493,615 tax gross-up to cover related taxes.
10 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $  1,190,755 06/30/2015  
11 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $  1,182,091 12/31/2015  
12 Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $  1,166,454 12/31/2015  
13 James W. DeMint
President
James W. DeMint
President
Heritage Foundation $  1,132,367 12/31/2015  
14 Arthur Brooks
President
Arthur Brooks
President
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research $  1,075,493 06/30/2015  
15 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association (National Office) $  1,062,149 06/30/2015  
16 James R. Downing
President/CEO
James R. Downing
President/CEO
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $  1,042,217 06/30/2015  
17 Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $  977,295 12/31/2015  
18 Scott A. Blackmun
CEO
Scott A. Blackmun
CEO
United States Olympic Committee $  976,520 12/31/2015  
19 Abraham H. Foxman
Past National Director
Abraham H. Foxman
Past National Director
Anti-Defamation League & Foundation $  951,085 12/31/2015  
20 Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
President/CEO
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
President/CEO
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews $  918,987 12/31/2015  
21 William R. Brody, M.D.
Past President
William R. Brody, M.D.
Past President
Salk Institute for Biological Studies $  906,710 06/30/2015  
22 Carter Roberts
President/CEO
Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $  878,142 06/30/2015  
23 Derek Rapp
President/CEO
Derek Rapp
President/CEO
JDRF International $  872,116 06/30/2016  
24 Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $  869,900 12/31/2015  
25 Ron Robinson
President
Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation $  867,389 12/31/2015