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May 1, 2020

Executive Compensation at the ASPCA (2018)

by Anne Paddock

The ASPCA is a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) based in New York City, New York. As such, the organization submits a Form 990 to the IRS annually and makes a copy available to the public. The most recent IRS Form 990 (2018) reports the ASPCA:

  • Raises about $250 million annually mostly through contributions, gifts, and grants
  • Has nearly $300 million in the general fund, which is often referred to as the endowment
  • Spent $93 million (35% of revenue) to compensate the 1,235 staff
  • Spent about half of revenue ($135 million) on compensating staff, office-related expenses, and travel and conferences
  • Spent $39 million on advertising and promotion (does not include professional fundraisers)
  • Spent $12 million on veterinary medical services and operating supplies
  • Spent $13 million on grants to other animal rights organizations

In terms of compensation, the average compensation was $75,300 ($93 million/1,235 staff). The 13 most highly compensated employees were:

  • $769,526:  Mathew Bershadker, President and CEO
  • $401,526:  Todd Hendricks, SVP Development
  • $384,653:  Elizabeth Estroff, SVP Communications
  • $381,582:  Sarah Levin Goodstein, SVP Operations and Strategy
  • $342,150:  Bert Troughton, SVP Shelter and Veterinary Services
  • $333,674:  Julie Morris, SVP Community Outreach
  • $321,685:  Stacy Wolf, SVP Policy Response and Engagement
  • $321,137:   J’Mai Gayle, Director, Surgery
  • $315,904:  Beverly Jones, SVP Chief Legal Officer
  • $308,153:  Stephen J Musso, EVP Capital Projects and Facilities
  • $286,403:  Nancy Perry, SVP Government Relations
  • $280,508:  Randall Lockwood, SVP Anti-Cruelty Special Projects
  • $262,001:  Camille Declementi, SVP ASPCA Animal Hospital

The 13 employees listed above were compensated a total of $4.7 million, which equates to an average compensation of $362,000. 8 of the 13 (62%) of the most highly compensated employees are female while 5 of the 13 (38%) are male. The most highly compensated employee is a male, the President and CEO, Mathew Bershadker. For more information, see Schedule J, Part III of the Form 990 (link below).

150 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation. The five largest were:

  • $22.6 million:  Eagle-Com, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for media broadcast
  • $ 9.2 million:  True North of New York, NY for media placement
  • $ 6.9 million:  Appco Group US, Inc. of New York, NY for street canvas/consulting
  • $ 6.2 million:  Forum Services Group, Inc. of New York, NY for staff consulting services
  • $ 3.6 million:  Facebook, Inc. of Menlo Park, CA for media placement

To read the IRS Form 990 (2018), click here.

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