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January 17, 2019


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.

4 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.

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