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Highest Paid Charity CEOs

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As the year draws to an end, mailboxes fill up with solicitations from charities, inspiring potential donors to investigate which organization is most worthy of their money. Charity Navigator, an online guide for such information-seekers, recently released their 2012 CEO Compensation Study, based on 2010 salaries at 3,786 mid- to large- sized U.S. charities that rely on public support.


Charity Navigator ranks the CEOs with the highest pay in each of nine categories, comparing median pay rates by region, highlighting other salaries of note over $100,000. Their list also runs down charities that have multiple highly-paid family members on their staffs. 


It's important to note that the Navigators' list is not a judgment on the appropriateness of the salaries -- just that they are the highest paychecks in their respective categories. The report noted that six-figure-and-higher CEO compensation often shocks potential donors who might assume the CEOs work for free or for low pay. Charities are multi-million dollar organizations, and as such they require highly talented and experienced leaders. Salary is a part of attracting that talent, and a six-figure salary for a mid-to-large sized charity is the norm. 


(Another list compiled by Charity Navigator takes a more critical look at charity CEO compensation: 10 Highly Paid CEOs at Low-Rated Charities.) 


Each of the top salaries given in each charity category will be accompanied by the median pay for that category and the charity's total expenses. And now, a rundown of those top-paying charities. 


Posted 3 December 2012

By Colleen Kane

Animal Protection

Marc Stamas | Getty Images

Highest Paid CEO: Steven E. Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society

Highest Compensation: $787,747

Charity's Total Expenses: $206,097,389

Median Pay for Category: $100,000

Arts, Culture, Humanities

Photo: Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Highest Paid CEO:  Peter C. Marzio, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Highest Compensation: $1,633,495

Charity's Total Expenses: $94,182,127

Median Pay for Category: $162,263



Education Charities

uphs.upenn.edu

Highest Paid CEO: Ralph W. Muller, University of Pennsylvania

Highest Compensation: $2,000,180

Charity's Total Expenses: $4,686,679,000

Median Pay for Category: $177,734

Environment

Michael Wuertenberg | World Economic Forum

Highest Paid CEO:  Mark R. Tercek, The Nature Conservancy    

Highest Compensation: $493,332

Charity's Total Expenses: $852,695,208

Median Pay for Category: $115,746



Health Charities

salk.edu

Highest Paid CEO:  William R. Brody, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Highest Compensation: $841,193

Charity's Total Expenses: $110,985,352

Median Pay for Category: $150,986


Human Services

Mark Gail | Washington Post | Getty Images

Highest Paid CEO:  James E. Williams Jr., Easter Seals, National Headquarters 

Highest Compensation: $787,300

Charity's Total Expenses: $93,452,900

Median Pay for Category: $117,875


International

Scott Eells | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Highest Paid CEO:  Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations 

Highest Compensation: $879,591

Charity's Total Expenses: $52,754,100

Median Pay for Category: $128,187


Public Benefit

Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Highest Paid CEO:  Jonathan W. Simons, Prostate Cancer Foundation

Highest Compensation: $1,204,968

Charity's Total Expenses: $32,435,142

Median Pay for Category: $151,197


Religion

kloveair1foundation.com

Highest Paid CEO:  Mike Novak, Educational Media Foundation

Highest Compensation: $500,450

Charity's Total Expenses: $70,466,309

Median Pay for Category: $88,021