Executive Compensation at the ASPCA (2019)
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.
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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.
I support my local shelter, ASPCA is using your donation to help pay salaries, not help animals.
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.