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November 10, 2021


Executive Compensation at the World Wildlife Fund (2020)

by Anne Paddock

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is considered by many to be the leading conservation organization in the world. Established nearly 60 years ago in 1960, the WWF is based in Washington, DC but operates all over the world (in more than 100 countries with 651 staff in 32 foreign offices).

There are 23 voting members (directors) on the governing body (board of directors), 22 of whom are independent.  The Form 990 (2019) lists 25 board members (which appears to be due to timing differences), 15 (60%) of whom are male while 10 (40%) are female (note: the form 990 does not report gender identity. Conclusions were made based on name and google searches).

The most recent IRS Form 990 (2019) reports financial information about the organization for the year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020 (hereafter referred to as 2020).

In 2020, WWF reported total revenue of $286 million which primarily came from contributions, gifts, and grants.

Expenses totaled $267 million with the largest expense reported to be compensation.  677 employees received $102 million in compensation which equates to an average compensation of $115,000.  264 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 14 most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $1,093,349:  Carter Roberts, President and CEO
  • $  532,582:  Margaret Ackerley, SVP and General Counsel
  • $  446,988:  Nikhil Sekhran, Chief Conservation Officer
  • $  446,820:  Jason Clay, SVP, Markets and Food
  • $  417,399:  Julie Miller, SVP, Development
  • $  404,673:  Ginette Hemley, SVP, Wildlife Conservation
  • $  400,811:  Terrence Macko, SVP, Marketing and Communications
  • $  385,772:  Sheila Bonini, SVP, Private Sector Engagement
  • $  353,695:  Martha Piper, COO (part year)
  • $  353,275:  Mike Pejcic, CFO
  • $  337,784:  Amy Golden, SVP, Strategic Services
  • $  313,181:  David McCauley, SVP, Policy & Gov’t Affairs
  • $  293,783:  Marcia Marsh, COO (part year)
  • $  245,718:  Leroy Wade, Controller

The 14 most highly compensated employees received $6 million in compensation.  7 of the 14 most highly compensated employees are male while 7 are female.

WWF paid for first class or charter travel and made gross up payments or provided tax indemnification. For specific information, see the Form 990, Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information.

29 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 5 most highly compensated were reported to be:

  • $9,776,662:  PMG, Inc., of Hanover, MD for print product, mail
  • $2,032,190:  Dialogue Direct, Inc, of Washington, DC for fundraising consulting
  • $  852,178:  Sisk Fulfillment Service, of Federalsburg, MD for comm consulting
  • $  763,047:  Public Interest Comm, of Falls Church, VA for telemarketing
  • $  696,528:  Blackbaud, of Atlanta, GA for IT Services

To read the IRS Form 990 (2019 for the year ending June 30, 2020), click here.

  1. Barbara
    Sep 26 2022

    What a scam. Donated money goes largely to the high salaries

  2. Same as email
    Jul 15 2022

    I really hope people are proud of cheating the hard working people out of their money as your heart throb videos don’t tell the whole truth about the millions of profit you reap….I really hope you can somehow feel ashamed of your cheating ways…

  3. J
    Jul 6 2022

    Does any monies go to actually helping animals??? Reading this I’m glad I’m not apart of this anymore. Me who works full time and still lives from wage to wage, paying these people who have millions! Are they sat thier laughing at us giving them money that I can’t really afford so they can have privileged lives? It’s ridiculous the amount of compensation they get! Why? Are they not animal lovers? Who should be doing everything in thier power to be helping these animals going extinct? If half thier wages went to conservation half these animals would be better off. This reading is heartbreaking. I respected WWF not anymore it’s saddned me enormously.

  4. Chuck Martin
    Jun 1 2022

    The government should put a stop to this money making scam by executive’s of WWF. The phoney TV ad on the heart wrenching plight of elephants is terrible. Stop this organization now.

  5. Patti avey
    May 12 2022

    Definitely will not send my $11/ month to pay the extravagant wages the ceo and employees make in this organization. I don’t see any expenses going to save elephants or any other wildlife. What a scam!! I love elephants but I hate corruption.

  6. Apr 4 2022

    You may want to read this post (hint: In the future, use the search key to find posts about a specific organization):

  7. Linda miner
    Apr 3 2022

    If the CEO gets paid so much money exactly how much of the donations go to the elephants?

  8. JAG
    Mar 10 2022

    Shocking! I have supported WWF for 20 years and had no idea my money was going to a CEO and upper management with salaries up to and over $1,000,000. What about the animals??!!

  9. Gon
    Dec 31 2021

    Utterly non ethical to accept such large salaries from money that is donated to safe our planet, nature and animals. I hereby stop my donations to WWF .

  10. T
    Dec 13 2021

    Maybe cut your pay and actually give the money to save the animals like you say , and maybe more would donate. One million for the coe and all the rest of the other is unbelievable. Offer me a job . I’m looking to donate but have not found one that is actually worthy of my money

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