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July 18, 2018


Executive Compensation at the Alzheimer’s Association

by Anne Paddock

The Alzheimer’s Association was established in 1980 and is based in Chicago, Illinois although there are 81 chapters in communities nationwide that provide information, referrals, support groups, care consultation, education and safety services to families and professionals.

The Chicago-based organization oversees the chapters and is primarily engaged in raising funds to provide patient and family care information, advocacy, and fund research. The Alzheimer’s Association reported employing 2,307 employees who were compensated $160.8 million in 2016, which equates to an average of $70,000 each. However, 122 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated individuals listed below:

  • $1,107,919:  Harry Johns, President and CEO
  • $  614,789:  Richard Hovland, COO and CFO
  • $  496,484:  Robert Egge, Chief Public Policy Officer
  • $  479,869:  Maria Carrillo, Chief Science Officer
  • $  432,628:  Donna McCullough, Chief Development Officer
  • $  391,499:  Scott Gardner, Chief Chapter Relations Officer
  • $  294,673:  Michael Carson, Chief Marketing Officer
  • $  280,179:  Christine Foh, Assistant Secretary and VP Legal and GC
  • $  110,609:  Angela Geiger, Chief Strategy Officer

As listed above, $4.2 million was paid to nine individuals (5 men and 4 women). The top 3 most highly compensated individuals were men. The bottom 3 most highly compensated individuals were 2 women and 1 man.

The 990 (2016) also reports the following information:

Harry Johns participates in both a qualified retirement plan($29,150 was contributed by the organization) and a non-qualified supplemental plan in which the organization contributed $150,000 which fully vested in 2017.

Mr. Johns received non-taxable benefits of $21,923 for medical, dental, basic life insurance, and short and long-term disability.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017), click here.

1 Comment
  1. Robert H. Smith
    Jul 18 2018

    As with all non-profit organizations and foundations in the US, they are actually businesses. They are the result of one of the most unfair tax systems in the world. They would not exist if we had a straight forward and fair tax system. Advocates of state socialism were able to get a constitutional amendment and subsequent laws passed that conflicts with other guarantees of equality in the constitution. The income tax laws guarantee that middle class working people pay almost all of the tax burden. Through constant public shaming techniques, media co-operation, getting employers to force employees to contribute, etc. these organizations have become quite large and have gained substantial political power. While they do some positive good, they are not very cost effective. Combined with the dozens of welfare programs run by federal and state governments, productive citizens in America could be compared with the worker ants in an anthill.

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