Nonprofit Pay In 2008

The Chronicle of Philanthropy surveyed 325 of the nation's biggest charities and foundations on the compensation of their top executives for 2008, the first year of the recession.

The issue is of special interest to many donors, who are increasingly concerned about how their money is being spent and why some nonprofit executives seem to be making so much money.

Note: Other nonprofit organizations may pay their executive more than the executives listed here. The figures included here are based on 2008 or the latest tax returns and may include payments made in 2007.

Top 10 Highest Paid Top Officials At Large Nonprofits
By Compensation, 20081
Organization Top Official Compensation, 20081
Partners HealthCare System (Boston) James J. Mongan, chief executive officer $2,729,0762
Museum of Modern Art (New York) Glenn D. Lowry, director $2,111,8822
Metropolitan Opera Association (New York) Peter Gelb, general manager $1,405,465
New York University John E. Sexton, president $1,265,110
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Steven M. Altschuler, chief executive officer $1,239,722
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington) Michael M. Kaiser, president $1,091,444
American Heart Association (Dallas) M. Cass Wheeler, chief executive officer3 $995,424
J. Paul Getty Trust (Los Angeles) James Wood, president $982,879
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York) Reynold Levy, president $970,707
The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) William Brody, president3 $950,352

Notes:

  1. Compensation includes base salary, bonus, incentive pay earned over several years or other payments.
  2. Figures for James J. Mongan and Glenn D. Lowry include more than $1.2 million each in payments that were earned over several years.
  3. No longer at organization.
Top 10 Highest Paid Top Officials At Large Nonprofits
By Total Pay Package, 20081
Organization Top Official Total Pay Package, 20081
Partners HealthCare System (Boston) James J. Mongan, chief executive officer $3,421,8702
Museum of Modern Art (New York) Glenn D. Lowry, director $2,710,6072
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Steven M. Altschuler, chief executive officer $2,371,282
Metropolitan Opera Association (New York) Peter Gelb, general manager $1,518,296
New York University John E. Sexton, president $1,385,339
Columbia University (New York) Lee C. Bollinger, president $1,380,035
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Amy Gutmann, president $1,279,819
Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Richard Levin, president $1,200,583
The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) William Brody, president3 $1,198,964
University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Steven B. Sample, president $1,161,721

Notes:

  1. Total pay package includes compensation, benefits and expense allowances.
  2. Figures for James J. Mongan and Glenn D. Lowry include more than $1.2 million each in payments that were earned over several years.
  3. No longer at organization.
Top 10 Nonprofit Employees Who Earned More Than Their Organization's Chief Executive (By Compensation, 2008)
Organization Official Compensation, 2008
University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Peter Carroll, head coach, football $4,286,050
Columbia University (New York) David N. Silvers, clinical professor of dermatology $3,705,968
Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, men's basketball $3,662,941
Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Zev Rosenwaks, professor $3,293,284
Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) David F. Swensen, chief investment officer $2,832,878
New York University James Grifo, professor, obstetrics and gynecology $2,810,288
University of Chicago James Madara, vice president for medical affairs $2,327,6751
Princeton University (N.J.) Andrew Golden, president, Princeton University Investment Co. $2,035,8262
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System $2,029,503
Stanford University (Calif.) John Powers, president, Stanford Management Co. $1,760,200

Notes:

  1. Figure includes a more than $1 million payment that was earned over several years. James Madara is no longer at this organization.
  2. Figure includes a bonus of nearly $1.3 million.

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