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December 12, 2018


Executive Compensation at the World Wildlife Fund

by Anne Paddock

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the most recognized conservation groups in the world. A 501 (c) (3) based in Washington, DC (but with offices worldwide), WWF has 605 employees who received total compensation of $87.1 million in 2017, which equates to an average compensation of $144,000, according to the organization’s IRS Form 990. However, only 188 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation, with the 14 most highly compensated listed below:

  • $953,130:  Carter Roberts, President and CEO
  • $575,563:  Marsha Marsh, COO
  • $466,995:  Jason Clay, SVP Markets and Food
  • $440,235:  Margaret Ackerley, SVP and General Counsel
  • $363,945:  Michael Bauer, CFO
  • $358,544:  Julie Miller, SVP Development
  • $356,358:  Terrence Macko, SVP Marketing and Communications
  • $342,440:  Thomas Dillon, SVP Forest and Freshwater
  • $333,495:  Ginette Hemley, SVP Wildlife Conservation
  • $302,475:  Brad Ack, SVP Oceans
  • $289,636:  Christine Singer, VP Individual Giving
  • $287,773:  David Reed, Sr Policy Advisor
  • $282,990:  David McCauley, SVP Policy and Gov’t Affairs
  • $207,385:  Leroy Wade, Controller

Of the 14 most highly compensated individuals, 9 are male (64%) and 5 are female (36%).  Of the ten most highly compensated individuals, 6 are male and 4 are female.

The IRS Form 990 also reports first class or charter travel was paid for.

The 5 highest paid individual contractors are:

  • $8,883,089:  PMG, Inc. of Hanover, Maryland for print, product, and mail
  • $2,515,518:  Blackbaud of Atlanta, Georgia for CRM Consulting
  • $  717,121:  Public Interest Communications of Falls Church, VA for telemarketing
  • $  592,552:  Sisk Fulfillment Service, Inc. of Federalsburg, Maryland for premium management and mailing
  • $  492,440:  Plowshare Group, Inc. of Stamford, Connecticut for communication cons

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

  1. River Houston
    Jun 21 2020

    A CEO making $1M in a charity employing 605!?! So disappointed with this organization.

  2. John Bangert
    Jun 17 2020

    What a huge scam. How did people sleep at night

  3. May 23 2020

    About $78 million (or 34% of revenue) was awarded in grants. See the links below for more information:

  4. May 23 2020

    I agree, 100% that seems like quite a lot of money and I am still curious about how WWF allocates funds to wildlife conservation or research. They offer pennies in funds for either.

  5. Tricia branchaud
    May 12 2020

    I wanted to give to this charity but I cannot excuse the top salaries of the top people how can you stand to take that much money that is donated for the welfare of the animals please answer

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