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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.

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