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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 $5,303,958 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $2,084,620 bonus & incentive compensation, and $1,276,326 retirement and other deferred compensation.
2 Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $2,246,069 09/30/2017
  Note: Includes $1,039,014 bonus & incentive compensation.
3 Arthur Brooks
President
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research $2,236,549 06/30/2018
  Note: Includes $1,300,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
4 Quinn Hagihara
Marketing Director
Emily Hagihara Foundation $2,150,000 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $1,000,000 severance.
5 Joseph C. Cahoon
Past Senior EVP, Field Operations
American Cancer Society $1,959,600 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $1,607,326 supplemental retirement benefits, $340,246 contractual payment, and $486,108 retirement & deferred compensation.
6 Jeffrey Ackman
Orthopedic Surgeon
Shriners Hospitals for Children $1,899,826 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $1,354,893 retirement and other deferred compensation.
7 Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $1,733,963 06/30/2018
  Note: Includes $802,060 bonus & incentive compensation.
8 Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D.
Past President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $1,503,221 09/30/2017
9 Wayne LaPierre
CEO/Executive VP
National Rifle Association (NRA) $1,433,977 12/31/2017
10 James W. DeMint
Past President
Heritage Foundation $1,398,676 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $621,163 severance payment and $575,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
11 Scott A. Blackmun
Past CEO
United States Olympic Committee $1,358,212 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $610,783 bonus & incentive compensation.
12 Jack Mahler, M.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $1,349,390 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $650,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
13 Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $1,342,674 06/30/2018
14 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $1,320,978 06/30/2017
15 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $1,288,873 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
16 Thomas E. Merchant
Chair
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $1,249,628 06/30/2017
17 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association (National Office) $1,172,505 06/30/2018
18 Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director/CEO
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces $1,106,685 12/31/2017
19 Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $1,091,806 12/31/2017
20 Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $1,087,498 12/31/2017
21 Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Asia Society $1,038,572 06/30/2017
22 Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation $1,016,874 12/31/2017
23 Soledad Gompf
Senior VP/Philanthropic Advisor
FINCA International $1,008,323 12/31/2017
  Note: Includes $794,498 in net deferred compensation, including tax gross-up payment.
24 Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $1,001,076 12/31/2017
25 Carter Roberts
President/CEO
World Wildlife Fund $953,130 06/30/2017
1
Name: Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Compensation: $5,303,958
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $2,084,620 bonus & incentive compensation, and $1,276,326 retirement and other deferred compensation.
2
Name: Robert W. Stone
Title: President/CEO
Charity: City of Hope & Affiliates
Compensation: $2,246,069
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2017
Note: Includes $1,039,014 bonus & incentive compensation.
3
Name: Arthur Brooks
Title: 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.
4
Name: Quinn Hagihara
Title: Marketing Director
Charity: Emily Hagihara Foundation
Compensation: $2,150,000
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $1,000,000 severance.
5
Name: Joseph C. Cahoon
Title: Past Senior EVP, Field Operations
Charity: American Cancer Society
Compensation: $1,959,600
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $1,607,326 supplemental retirement benefits, $340,246 contractual payment, and $486,108 retirement & deferred compensation.
6
Name: Jeffrey Ackman
Title: Orthopedic Surgeon
Charity: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Compensation: $1,899,826
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $1,354,893 retirement and other deferred compensation.
7
Name: Nancy Brown
Title: CEO
Charity: American Heart Association
Compensation: $1,733,963
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
Note: Includes $802,060 bonus & incentive compensation.
8
Name: Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D.
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Compensation: $1,503,221
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2017
9
Name: Wayne LaPierre
Title: CEO/Executive VP
Charity: National Rifle Association (NRA)
Compensation: $1,433,977
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
10
Name: James W. DeMint
Title: Past President
Charity: Heritage Foundation
Compensation: $1,398,676
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $621,163 severance payment and $575,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
11
Name: Scott A. Blackmun
Title: Past CEO
Charity: United States Olympic Committee
Compensation: $1,358,212
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $610,783 bonus & incentive compensation.
12
Name: Jack Mahler, M.D.
Title: Chief Investment Officer
Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Compensation: $1,349,390
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $650,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
13
Name: Michael Salem, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Jewish Health
Compensation: $1,342,674
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
14
Name: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Compensation: $1,320,978
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2017
15
Name: Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Prostate Cancer Foundation
Compensation: $1,288,873
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
16
Name: Thomas E. Merchant
Title: Chair
Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Compensation: $1,249,628
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2017
17
Name: Harry Johns
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Alzheimer's Association (National Office)
Compensation: $1,172,505
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
18
Name: Meir Klifi-Amir
Title: National Director/CEO
Charity: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Compensation: $1,106,685
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
19
Name: Marc H. Morial
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Urban League (National Office)
Compensation: $1,091,806
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
20
Name: Brian Gallagher
Title: President/CEO
Charity: United Way Worldwide
Compensation: $1,087,498
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
21
Name: Kevin Rudd
Title: President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Charity: Asia Society
Compensation: $1,038,572
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2017
22
Name: Ron Robinson
Title: President
Charity: Young America's Foundation
Compensation: $1,016,874
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
23
Name: Soledad Gompf
Title: Senior VP/Philanthropic Advisor
Charity: FINCA International
Compensation: $1,008,323
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
Note: Includes $794,498 in net deferred compensation, including tax gross-up payment.
24
Name: Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Title: Physician
Charity: Boys Town
Compensation: $1,001,076
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2017
25
Name: Carter Roberts
Title: President/CEO
Charity: World Wildlife Fund
Compensation: $953,130
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2017