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April 13, 2022

Executive Compensation at Save The Children (2020)

by Anne Paddock

Save the Children – the Fairfield, Connecticut-based non-profit in the US – is formally known as Save The Children Federation, Inc. and is part of the Save the Children Alliance (a group of 30 Save the Children groups throughout the world that also support Save the Children International).  Established in 1932, Save the Children is a 501 (c) (3) and one of the most well-known charities in the world.

There are 31 voting members (trustees) of the governing body, 30 of whom are independent, although the Form 990 lists 38 (which appears to be due to timing differences), of whom 18 are female and 20 are male (note:  The Form 990 does not disclose gender; determinations were made based on name and google searches).

In 2020, Save the Children raised $809 million (including $324 million in government grants)  and spent $763 million (not including $3 million in depreciation) primarily on grants ($551 million) – mostly overseas, staff compensation and benefits ($111 million), fees for services ($42 million), and office-related expenses ($19 million).

1,469 employees received $111 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $76,000.  327 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 23 most highly compensated employees were reported to be:

  • $512,332:  Janti Soeripto, President and CEO
  • $471,920:  Mark K Shriver, SVP, US Programs
  • $390,588: Jennifer Roberti, VP, Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising
  • $373,072:  Debbie Pollock-Berry, VP and Chief of HR
  • $368,476:  Michael Klosson, VP, Policy and Human Response (thru 12/31/20)
  • $352,265:  David Barth, VP, International Programs
  • $349,186:  Sumeet Seam, VP and General Counsel (thru 9/16/2020)
  • $348,677:  Eric Howell, EVP and COO (as of 3/1/2020)
  • $320,901:  Ann P Cartlidge, AVP, Controller and ENT RM, Fin
  • $319,023:  Greg Ferrante, CFO (as of 4/1/2020)
  • $316,993:  Luciana Bonifacio, VP, Resource Development
  • $314,462:  Ingrid Milne, AVP, Interim CFO (thru (3/31/2020)
  • $302,839:  Brian White, VP, General Counsel
  • $302,357:  Gregory A Ramm, VP, Humanitarian Response
  • $298,451:  Wendy A Christian, VP, Chief Communication Officer
  • $288,119:  Philip Disanto, VP, IT and Build Ops (thru 6/1/2020)*
  • $287,591:  Nora K O’Connell, VP, Public Policy Advocacy
  • $278,909:  Nathalie H Gamache, Deputy Chief of Party HIHS, PR
  • $278,637:  Elizabeth A Zorio, AVP, US Programs
  • $272,673:  Eid Natour, AVP, US Programs
  • $197,340:  Nancy A Taussig, Former VP, Resource Development
  • $190,371:  Andrea Williamson, Corporate Secretary
  • $158,187:  Carolyn Miles, Former President and CEO

The 23 most highly compensated employees received $7 million in compensation.  14 of the 23 (61%) are female while 9 of the 23 (39%) are male.

*Philip Desanto received a severance payment of $102,745

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

  • $5.5 million:  TV Fundraising Solutions, of Lanham, MD for digital media
  • $2.5 million:  Worldwide Media Partners, of New York, NY for fundraising services
  • $2.5 million:  Digital Media Solutions, of Clearwater, FL for fundraising services
  • $1.8 million:  Google, of Mountain View, CA, for digital ads
  • $1.3 million:  Facebook, of Menlo Park, CA for digital media

As listed above, nearly $14 million was paid to 5 vendors for fundraising and advertising.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2020), click here.

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