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March 14, 2021


Executive Compensation at the ASPCA (2019)

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 (2019) reports the ASPCA:

  • Raises nearly $300 million annually mostly through contributions, gifts, and grants
  • Has $340 million in net assets
  • Spent $99 million (35% of revenue) to compensate the 1,244 staff
  • Spent about half of revenue ($147 million) on compensating staff, office-related expenses, and travel and conferences
  • Spent $40 million on advertising and promotion (does not include professional fundraisers)
  • Spent $14 million on veterinary medical services and operating supplies
  • Spent $14 million on grants to other animal rights organizations

In terms of compensation, the average compensation was $80,000 ($99 million/1,244 staff). The 14 most highly compensated employees were:

  • $843,539:  Mathew Bershadker, President and CEO
  • $460,053:  Sarah Levin Goodstein, SVP Operations and Strategy
  • $448,625:  Todd Hendricks, SVP Development
  • $441,460:  Elizabeth Estroff, SVP Communications
  • $385,654:  Beverly Jones, SVP Chief Legal Officer
  • $384,723:  Bert Troughton, SVP Shelter and Veterinary Services
  • $361,258:  Stacy Wolf, SVP Policy Response and Engagement
  • $350,394:  Bill Lee, SVP and CFO
  • $321,589:   J’Mai Gayle, Director, Surgery
  • $309,689:  Nancy Perry, SVP Government Relations
  • $300,245:  Stephen J Musso, EVP Capital Projects and Facilities
  • $298,197:  Cheryl Bucci, SVP People (as of 11/1)
  • $272,974:  Camille Declementi, SVP ASPCA Animal Hospital
  • $246,135:  Luke Franklin, VP Membership

The 13 employees listed above were compensated a total of $5.6 million, which equates to an average compensation of $400,000. 8 of the 14 (57%) of the most highly compensated employees are female while 6 of the 14 (43%) 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).

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

  • $22.7 million:  Eagle-Com, Inc., of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for media broadcast
  • $ 8.8 million:  Laughlin Constable, Inc., of Milwaukee, WI for digital media
  • $ 7.3 million:  Appco Group US, Inc. of NY, NY for street canvas/consulting
  • $ 6.8 million:  Ascenta Group, Inc., of NY, NY for direct marketing
  • $ 4.5 million:  Forum Services Group, of NY, NY for staffing and consulting services

To read the IRS Form 990 (2019), click here.

  1. Rick Connolly
    Feb 1 2022

    Total bullshit. How do all these executives take home most of the money that’s supposed to go to take care of animals. Unbelievable. This is totally uncalled for.

  2. Jennifer H Blackmer
    Dec 31 2021

    I support my local shelter, ASPCA is using your donation to help pay salaries, not help animals.

  3. billandlaysa
    Sep 18 2021

    It is distressing to see that the ASPCA spends more than 90% of the money they collect from donations on compensation and operations rather than on the Animals the organization was meant to protect.

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