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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 Scott A. Blackmun
Past CEO
United States Olympic Committee $2,999,737 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes contractual separation payment of $2,400,000.
3 Robert W. Stone
President/CEO
City of Hope & Affiliates $2,411,030 09/30/2018
  Note: Includes $1,072,243 bonus & incentive compensation.
4 Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association $2,384,607 06/30/2019
  Note: Includes $1,462,035 bonus & incentive compensation.
5 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.
6 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.
7 Allison Scott
Orthopedic Surgeon
Shriners Hospitals for Children $1,675,307 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $1,113,253 supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
8 Laurie Glimcher
President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $1,625,267 09/30/2018
9 Michael Salem, M.D.
President/CEO
National Jewish Health $1,342,674 06/30/2018
10 Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation $1,309,230 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
11 Preston Campbell, M.D.
President/CEO
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $1,307,915 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $488,881 bonus & incentive compensation. President/CEO through December 2019.
12 Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society $1,298,840 06/30/2018
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 James R. Downing
President/CEO
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital $1,202,948 06/30/2018
15 Marc H. Morial
President/CEO
National Urban League (National Office) $1,177,156 12/31/2018
16 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.
17 Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Physician
Boys Town $1,048,906 12/31/2018
18 Brian Gallagher
President/CEO
United Way Worldwide $1,042,231 12/31/2018
19 Harry Johns
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association (National Office) $1,015,015 06/30/2019
20 James L. Clark
President/CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (National Office) $1,003,982 12/31/2018
21 James Gibbons
Past President/CEO
Goodwill Industries International (National Office) $987,624 12/31/2018
  Note: Includes $482,442 severance payment.
22 Elizabeth Blackburn
Past President
Salk Institute for Biological Studies $957,617 06/30/2018
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 Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Asia Society $922,253 06/30/2018
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: Scott A. Blackmun
Title: Past CEO
Charity: United States Olympic Committee
Compensation: $2,999,737
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes contractual separation payment of $2,400,000.
3
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.
4
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.
5
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.
6
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.
7
Name: Allison Scott
Title: Orthopedic Surgeon
Charity: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Compensation: $1,675,307
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $1,113,253 supplemental executive retirement plan payment.
8
Name: Laurie Glimcher
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Compensation: $1,625,267
Fiscal Year: 09/30/2018
9
Name: Michael Salem, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Jewish Health
Compensation: $1,342,674
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
10
Name: Jonathan W. Simons, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Prostate Cancer Foundation
Compensation: $1,309,230
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $620,000 bonus & incentive compensation.
11
Name: Preston Campbell, M.D.
Title: 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.
12
Name: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Compensation: $1,298,840
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
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: James R. Downing
Title: President/CEO
Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Compensation: $1,202,948
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
15
Name: Marc H. Morial
Title: President/CEO
Charity: National Urban League (National Office)
Compensation: $1,177,156
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
16
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.
17
Name: Kelli Jo Shidler, M.D.
Title: Physician
Charity: Boys Town
Compensation: $1,048,906
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
18
Name: Brian Gallagher
Title: President/CEO
Charity: United Way Worldwide
Compensation: $1,042,231
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
19
Name: Harry Johns
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Alzheimer's Association (National Office)
Compensation: $1,015,015
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2019
20
Name: James L. Clark
Title: President/CEO
Charity: Boys & Girls Clubs of America (National Office)
Compensation: $1,003,982
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
21
Name: James Gibbons
Title: Past President/CEO
Charity: Goodwill Industries International (National Office)
Compensation: $987,624
Fiscal Year: 12/31/2018
Note: Includes $482,442 severance payment.
22
Name: Elizabeth Blackburn
Title: Past President
Charity: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Compensation: $957,617
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018
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: Kevin Rudd
Title: President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Charity: Asia Society
Compensation: $922,253
Fiscal Year: 06/30/2018