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March 24, 2019

Executive Compensation at the American Humane Association (2017)

by Anne Paddock

The American Humane Association (AHA) is a charitable non-profit 501 (c) 3 that paid more than $500,000 in compensation to its Chief Executive Officer, Robin Ganzert AND paid for first class domestic travel for the board members (there are 14) and the Chief Executive Officer in 2017.  And, this is an organization that raised $19 million ($13 million in contributions, $4 million from certifications – movie and television sets, farms, slaughterhouses, etc, and $2 million in royalties) in 2017 and $16 million the year before; and whose net fund assets were $17 million at year-end 2017. In other words, AHA is a relatively small non-profit with a modest endowment.

Although AHA is based in Washington, DC, the organization has an office in Palm Beach, where one of their most supportive board members (Lois Pope, whose late husband owned the National Enquirer) resides.

The AHA employed 92 staff in 2017 who were compensated $7 million, an average of $76,000 each. 13 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation, with the 7 most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $537,912:  Robin Ganzert, President and CEO
  • $251,328:  John Hubbard, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer
  • $214,637:  Shannon Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer, Humane How
  • $203,990: Clifford J Rose, CFO
  • $191,313:  Stephanie Carmody, General Counsel
  • $186,170:  Mark Stubis, Chief Communications Officer
  • $164,758:  Amy McCullough, National Director, Rescue and Military

As illustrated above, 4 of the 7 most highly compensated employees are female, including the President and CEO, and 3 of the 7 are male. Collectively, the 7 employees listed above were compensated more than $1.7 million.

The Form 990 also reports the following information:

AHA paid approximately $900,000 to consultants (primarily for program services but also for management, fundraising and travel expenses for consultants) in 2017.

William Abbott, a board member of AHA is also the President and CEO of Crown Media Holdings, Inc. The company pays the organization hero dog awards broadcast rights fee.

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

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