Charity really does begin at home for these men: Meet the CEOs of non-profit organizations who are making more than $1 million a year

  • Eleven American charity CEOs earn more  than $1 million a year, according to the latest Charity Navigator  study
  • The charity watchdog said  CEOs may work hard managing  multi-million dollar institutions, but seven-figure payments ‘do not seem warranted’
  • Top earners included Metropolitan Museum  of Art’s Thomas Campbell ($1.5m) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s James  Clark ($1.8m)
  • All are men

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 19:38 EST, 14  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 02:20 EST, 15 October 2013


Their job is to serve the disadvantaged, yet  an elite list of nonprofit sector CEOs is earning more than $1 million a  year.

The latest Charity Navigator study shows 11 nonprofit chiefs across America command a staggering seven-figure salary – well  above the sector average. All are men.

While the charity evaluator noted  that the highest-paid  CEOs oversee multi-million dollar operations, it still  considered some of the paychecks ‘excessive’ and ‘outrageously high’.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Director and CEO Thomas Campbell John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

High earners: Metropolitan Museum of Art  head Thomas Campbell (left) and National Center for Missing and Exploited  Children CEO John Ryan (right) earn more than $1 million

The 2013 Charity CEO Compensation Study analyzed the 2011 IRS returns of 3,929 mid to  large-size US-based charities that rely on public  support.

It found Metropolitan Museum of Art head  Thomas Campbell’s annual salary of $1.5  million — $655,932 in  base pay and $840,800 in ‘other’ compensation – put him  near the top of the highest-paid list.

The father of two, who manages the Met’s $386  million budget, was the highest paid executive in the ‘arts, culture and  humanities’ category, where the US  median pay came in at $159,650.

National Center for Missing & Exploited  Children’s CEO John  D. Ryan reaps $1.2 million a year to  manage a $42 million budget. His peers in the ‘public benefit’ category earn a  median of $142,661.

Michael SalemJames Clark, president and CEO-elect, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Big wigs: National Jewish Health’s Michael Salem (left)  and James Clark of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (right) earn nearly $3  million between them


Icahn School of Medicine CEO Davis pulled in  $1.3 million, while Rockefeller University’s new CEO, Marc  Tessler-Levigne, makes $1.3 million, according to  the New York Post.

Meanwhile, Michael  Salem of National Jewish Health pulled in just over $1 million, including $648,286 base  compensation, $361,756 bonus and incentives, and $16,500 ‘other’ income. The  ‘health’ sector median was just $137,919.

In the ‘human services’ category, Boys &  Girls Clubs of America’s president and CEO, James Clark, earned $1.8 million –  substantially higher than the $114,000 median.

Other top earners include Heritage  Foundation President Jim DeMint, National  American University CEO Dr. Ronald L. Shape,  Oklahoma Medical  Research Foundation President Dr. Stephen Prescott and the chiefs  of Goodwill Southern California and Miami Jewish  Health Systems.

Charity Navigator noted in its report that  charities with total expenses of $13.5 million and higher pay their CEOs upwards  of $250,000.

These top nonprofit leaders are typically  hired for their ability to manage multi-million institutions and therefore can  command high salaries. The report also noted leaders in the nonprofit sector  earn far less than their private sector colleagues to do the same  job.

But the watchdog group challenged the  financial viability of such high payments in a sector mostly reliant on  donations.

‘In our opinion, it is evident that  seven-figure salaries do not seem warranted, even in the largest sized  charities,’ the report said.

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