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January 17, 2019

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Executive Compensation at the ASPCA (2017)

by Anne Paddock

The ASPCA is a 501 (c) (3) based on the Upper East Side (424 East 92nd Street) in New York City.  With 1,193 employees who were compensated $85.6 million (an average compensation of $72,000) in 2017, the ASPCA is one of the largest “animal rights” organizations in the country. The ASPCA also paid $5.2 million (see below) to Forum Services Group (a staffing and recruiting firm) of New York for staffing and consulting services.

Widely supported, the ASPCA reported the receipt of $248 million in 2017, most of which were contributions. After spending $221 million – primarily on staff compensation (nearly $86 million), office-related expenses ($40 million), vet and medical services ($13 million), grants ($12 million), and travel/conferences ($8 million), the ASPCA added $27 million to their fund assets which had a net balance (think savings account) of $274 million at year-end.

146 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation including the 13 most highly compensated individuals listed below:

  • $852,231:  Mathew Bershadker, President and CEO*
  • $385,269:  Todd Hendricks, SVP Development
  • $371,196:  Elizabeth Estroff, SVP Communications
  • $359,002:  Sarah Levin Goodstine, SVP Operations and Strategy
  • $331,250:  Julie Morris, SVP Community Outreach
  • $305,105:  Bert Troughton, SVP Animal Health Service/Shelter
  • $304,547:  Stephen J Musso, EVP Capital Projects and Facilities
  • $300,638:  J’Mai Gayle, Director Surgery
  • $297,550:  Stacy Wolfe, SVP Anti-Cruelty Group/Policy
  • $283,762:  Beverly Jones, SVP Chief Legal Officer
  • $274,197:  Nancy Perry, SVP Government Relations
  • $269,074: Randall Lockwood, SVP Forensic Science and Anti-Cruelty
  • $261,567:  Gail Buchwald, SVP Adoptions and NYC No-Kill

*The 990 states the “total compensation of the President of the ASPCA includes merit adjustments and performance bonus paid in calendar year 2017, but apply to performance from 2015-2017 due to change in review dates. Previous 990’s (2015 and 2016) report Mr. Berdshaker received $542,411 (which included a $100,000 bonus) in 2015 and $463,651 in 2016. Over the 3-year period, Mr. Berdshaker was compensated $1,858,293, which equates to an average of $619,431 annually.

The 13 most highly compensated individuals include 8 females (62%) and 5 males (38%).

147 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the five most highly compensated listed below:

  • $19,781,716:  Eagle-Com, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario for media broadcast
  • $ 8,592,808:  True North, Inc. of New York, NY for media broadcast
  • $ 6,313,441:  James R Vannoy & Sons Construction, Inc. of Asheville, NC for construction**
  • $ 5,213,627:  Forum Services Group, Inc. of New York, NY for staffing and consulting services
  • $ 4,744,646: Dialogue Direct of New York, NY for professional fundraising services

**The ASPCA built a Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, NC (just outside of Asheville) for up to 65 fearful, unadoptable  homeless dogs.

To read and review the IRS Form 990 (2017), click here.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. sherrynemmers0715
    Jan 17 2019

    Know this place and these people very well. Not a fan. They’ve lost sight of the founding mission. Thanks for doing this Anne.

  2. Jan 17 2019

    Thanks Sherry. They do good things but could do so much better. I agree with you..they’ve lost sight of the founding mission.

  3. David Gibbs
    Jan 26 2019

    I mute the ASPCA ads because of the minimal contribution to a given cause. If I give a monthly contribution of $19. and represent one of 3000 monthly contributors, I want the majority of the contribution to go to the cause, not overhead.

  4. Tricia Smith
    Jun 4 2019

    This makes me SICK .I was getting my wallet out to send a donation in bc they show the most deplorable conditions ever on them and I paused bc last time I set up automatic payments to a charity I pulled my measly funding bc NO DAMN PRESIDENT CEO, CFO,COO NEEDS A FREAKING MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ESPICALLY WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMALS .HELL U HAVE MORE VOLUNTEERS THAN U DO EMPLOYEES AND THEY MAKE TOO MUCH AND WTF BONUSES THATS B.S TOO GIVE IT TO THE ANIMALS ….I WILL SHARE WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO W/ THE $$ I WAS ABOUT TO GIVE IM GOING TO OFFICE MAX & IM PRINTING AS MANY COPIES OF THESE SALARIES AND IM HANDING THEM OUT WE WILL SEE HOW MANY PPL WILL THINK TWICE OR START BITCHING ….COME ON PPL THE KEY PPL 250K & UP ONLY WORK AN HOUR A WEEK & I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT .! AND TO THINK I CANT EVEN GET COMPAINES TO DONATE DOG/CAT FOOD TO OUR LOCAL FOOD BANKS I VOLUNTEER AT …PPL 4GET THAT SOME OF THE PPL THAT GO TO FOODBANKS HAVE ANIMALS TOO….THIS IS SO F%#$KING WRONG

  5. Jun 4 2019

    Tricia: Unfortunately many of the ASPCA employees/volunteers that stand outside grocery stores, on the streets (they were on the streets of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last week) or who go to festivals to raise money for the ASPCA don’t know the financial details of the ASPCA. When I was approached by ASPCA employees at Whole Foods, I politely told them why I don’t donate to the ASPCA. They were surprised and commented they weren’t being compensated very much. The ASPCA does good things but they could do so much better. The sad thing is they won’t unless their supporters demand it. Local food banks and dog shelters often use revenue better because they don’t have an endowment and have to make every dollar go as far as possible to help animals.

  6. robert zinda
    Aug 5 2019

    i see their ads constantly, every commercial break, i had to find out what they spend and why they need 2000 new contributors each month ($480,000 per year per 2000 new members each month/over $5million per year of new members). I see ads from other charities that are helping HUMANS and they are asking HALF of that? The ASPCA does realize that thee are animals (which have been living outside since the beginning of time and doing it without humans interfering) that they are dealing with, they seem to think that animals shouldnt live outside and finding them living outside is simply wrong. How much time is actually spent looking for these people who are abusing large amounts of animals? Are they acting on tips from people or are they researching where animals are coming from to go inspect those conditions?
    If you feel the need to give to charity there are plenty of good ones out there especially for children with handicaps and youll find many cities have children’s hospitals locally as well as some nationally like Shriners and Ronald McDonald House which are paying for entire costs for kids who desperately need help. These people are actually making your money matter, they have increased the cancer survival rates over the years and what better way to help than to help a kid have a semi-normal life or just to be able to go home and not live their life in a hospital?

    seems that over the years we have been told to think that animals are in some way more deserving of help than humans, maybe its because the animals have no choice or are innocent victims, well that seems to be exactly the same as children or am i somehow confused on this matter? So whats more deserving of help, a crippled child or a dog that may not have a bowl of fresh water available at the time its discovered living outside?

  7. Aug 5 2019

    I don’t think the issue is whether animals are supposed to live outside. Nor, is the issue whether one being is more important than another. And, finally, I don’t think anyone is talking about a fresh bowl of water over helping a crippled child. There is no doubt that animal neglect, abuse, and exploration exists, which the ASPCA does rightfully address.

    You may want to rethink your endorsement of Shriners and Ronald McDonald House. Consider reviewing the IRS Form 990’s for these organizations before you endorse and recommend them. Here are links to summaries of the Form 990’s:

    https://paddockpost.com/2015/11/25/where-does-your-1-to-the-ronald-mcdonald-house-go/

    https://paddockpost.com/2019/04/19/where-does-100-to-shriners-hospitals-go/

    https://paddockpost.com/2019/04/17/executive-salaries-at-shriners-hospitals-for-children/

    What you may want to think about is why 10 billion (yes, billion, not million) animals are slaughtered annually in the US and the impact our meat-centered society has on our health and the environment.

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