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June 14, 2021

Executive Compensation at Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 2019

by Anne Paddock

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is a 501 (c) (4) – a social welfare organization – that was created by Congress in 1920 to assist disabled military veterans and their families.  Based in Cold Spring, Kentucky, DAV provides services nationwide to disabled veterans through staff, national service offices and more than 1,300 local chapters.

With more than a million members (who pay $0-$300 for a lifetime of assistance and benefits), DAV is the largest disabled veteran assistance organization in the country.

In 2019, DAV reported total revenue of $145 million (compared to $151 million the prior year) although only $7 million (about 5% of revenue) came from membership fees.  $122 million (85% of revenue) came from contributions. $15 million (10% of revenue) came from investment income and the gain on the sale of assets while $1 million came from royalties and other sources.

Expenses totaled $142 million (not including $2 million in depreciation) with the second largest expense reported to be compensation. 712 employees received $55 million in compensation which equates to an average compensation of $77,000. 47 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 10 most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $585,906: J Marc Burgess, National Adjutant, CEO, and Secretary
  • $463,391: Edward R Reese Jr, Executive Director, National HQ
  • $461,454: Barry A Jesinoski, Executive Director, National LHQ
  • $387,921: Susan Loth, Senior Chief Development Officer
  • $362,255: Anita Blum, Comptroller
  • $347,981: Brian Cowart, Chief Development Officer
  • $320,114: Christopher Clay, General Counsel
  • $253,633: Peter A Dickinson, Senior Executive Advisor

6 of the 8 (75%) most highly compensated employees are male while 2 (25%) are female. The Form 990 reports DAV has a governing board of 7 members, 6 of whom are independent but the Form 990, Part VII, Section A lists 10 directors (which appears to be due to timing differences). 9 of the 10 listed are male while 1 is a female.

DAV reports paying for first class or charter travel, travel for companions and providing discretionary spending accounts. To read more about these expenses, go to the Form 990, Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information.

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