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April 19, 2021

Executive Compensation at the Alzheimers Association (2019)

by Anne Paddock

The Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders is commonly referred to as the Alzheimers Association. A tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 3 whose goal is to eliminate Alzheimers Disease through research but also offer support, information/public awareness, and education on the disease, raised $390 million in 2019, primarily from contributions, gifts, and grants ($366 million including $24 million from the government).

Expenses totaled $387 million (99% of revenue) with the largest expense being compensation ($182 million or 47% of revenue) for the 2,620 employees, who received an average compensation of $70,000.  249 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 8 most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $1,014,248:  Harry Johns, President and CEO
  • $  650,856:  Richard Hovland, COO/CFO, and Asst Treasurer
  • $  649,617:  Robert Egge, Chief Public Policy Officer ($20,238 from a related org)
  • $  631,176:  Maria Carrillo, Chief Science Officer
  • $  502,421:  Donna McCullough, Chief Development Officer ($2,104 from a related org)
  • $  437,349:  Glenda Berry, West Area Leader
  • $  432,994:  Kenann Cassidy, East Area Leader
  • $  294,045:  Christine Foh, Asst Secretary and VP and Legal General Counsel

5 of the 8 most highly compensated employees are female while 3, including the most highly compensated employee, are male.

The Alzheimers Association paid for companion travel. Specifically, a board member with early onset Alzheimers Disease may require a companion on business travel for safety reason.

Tandem Solutions, affiliated with a former board member (Joseph McCafferty), was compensated $132,276 as an independent contractor.

To read about the Supplemental Non-Qualified Retirement Plan, see Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information on the Form 990.

204 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the five largest reported to be:

  • $11,125,488:  Hayworth Marketing Media, of Minneapolis, MN for advertising
  • $10,848,418:  World-Wide Printing Distribution, of Tulsa, OK for direct marketing
  • $ 2,673,137:   Personify, Inc., of Austin, TX for CRM database
  • $ 2,580,168:  Michigan Plaza, LLC, of Chicago, IL for office rent
  • $ 2,472,818:  Softchoice Corporation, of Chicago, IL for technology/equipment

To read the IRS Form 990 for the year ending June 30, 2019, click here.

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