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November 29, 2019

Executive Compensation at Big Brothers Big Sisters (2018)

by Anne Paddock

Big Brothers Big Sisters is actually the abbreviated name of more than 250 affiliated organizations around the country. At the heart of Big Brothers Big Sisters is the national office which is named Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). BBBSA not only raises revenue and awards grants to the affiliates but also provides guidance, standards, training, and education to the affiliates. Therefore, the executive compensation at BBBSA is the focus of this post (However, it is important to note that each affiliate is a separate 501 (c) (3) that files a Form 990 with the IRS. Executive compensation within each affiliate is listed on the Form 990 submitted by the affiliate.

BBBSA employed 53 staff (down from 60 the prior year) who were compensated $4.5 million ($200,000 more than the previous year), which equates to an average compensation of $85,000 in 2018 (note:  the year began July 1, 2017 and ended June 30, 2018).  7 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $487,797:  Pam Iono, President and CEO
  • $213,357:  Alais Griffin, General Counsel
  • $202,232:  Tim Midkiff, CFO
  • $177,019:  Kevin Chapman, Chief of Staff
  • $163,941:  Greg Weber, Chief Affiliate Officer
  • $133,797:  Charleston Edwards, VP National Events and Stewardship
  • $119,347:  Julie Novak, VP Child Safety

Compared to the prior year,  the Chief of Development and the VP of Information Systems positions are not on the current list which means the position was vacated and not filled or filled with an employee compensated less.

The Form 990 reports the organization DID NOT pay for first class or charter travel, travel for companions, discretionary spending accounts, housing allowance or residence for personal use, health or social club dues or initiation fees, personal services, or tax indemnifications or gross up payments.

Effective August 31, 2016, BBBSA allowed the President and CEO to participate in a 457 (f) plan contingent upon a 5-year tenure. The organization accrued $30,000 in 2017.

8 independent contractors were compensated more than $100,000 with the 5 highest listed below:

  • $486,164:  Agile Thought of Tampa, Florida for software support
  • $317,763:  Chappell Roberts of Tampa, Florida for marketing services
  • $213,147:  Accountabilit of Scottsdale, Arizona for software hosting and support
  • $220,193:  FirstPic of Gambrills, Maryland for software system design and implementation
  • $188,228:  American Institute for Research in the Behavior Sciences of New York, NY for program consultation

It is important to note that all of the organizations above (except American Institute were also the most highly compensated independent contractors the previous year).

To read the IRS Form 990 (2016) for the year ending June 30, 2018, click here.

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