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March 14, 2021

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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 Comment Post a comment
  1. 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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