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August 6, 2022

Executive Compensation at United Way (2019)

by Anne Paddock

United Way is one of the most recognizable charitable organizations in the United States and throughout the world.  In the United States, “United Way” generally refers to United Way Worldwide (formerly United Way of America) and/or one of the 1,800 local offices in 40 countries and territories that operate as separate 501 (c) (3)’s.

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the whole United Way network. Each organization collects funds and makes grants to local organizations, and also contributes a portion of the revenue collected to United Way Worldwide to support oversight operations.

Based in Alexandria, Virginia, United Way Worldwide (UWW) is known as the organization that raises revenue to distribute to other non-profits through grants. In 2019, UWW awarded 72% of revenue in grants, primarily to other United Way organizations.

In 2019, UWW reported total revenue of $249 million, most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants (nearly $200 million).

Expenses totaled $255 million with the 3 largest expenses reported to be grants ($180 million), compensation ($34 million) and fees for services by non-employees – primarily consultants ($32 million).

279 employees received $34 million in compensation, which equates to $122,000 per employee.  119 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 15 most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $1,578,515:  Brian Gallagher, President and CEO
  • $  457,285:  Lee Love, Chief IR Officer
  • $  436,112:  William Browning, Chief Strategy Officer
  • $  435,144:  Lisa Bowman, Chief Marketing Officer
  • $  429,760:  Mark Sutton, Treasurer
  • $  428,905:  Lori Malcolm, Chief Culture Officer
  • $  400,490:  Jose Ferrao, International President
  • $  370,699:  Steve Taylor, SVP
  • $  345,911:  Christina MacVeigh, SVP
  • $  340,321:  Brian LaChance, SVP
  • $  332,020:  Patricia Turner, Secretary
  • $  317,003:  Mary Sellers, US Network US President (thru 8/2019)
  • $  296,876:  John Taylor, Chief Information Officer
  • $  246,952:  Maureen Grant-Hayes, SVP
  • $  202,385:  Suzanne McCormick, President, US Network

The 15 most highly compensated employees received more than $6 million in compensation.  8 of the 15 most highly compensated employees are female while 7 are male.  The most highly compensated employee was Brian Gallagher, the President and CEO who received nearly $1.6 million in compensation in 2019.  Mr. Gallagher received nearly $7 million in compensation over the past 5 years:

  • 2019:  $1,578,515
  • 2018:  $1,076,870
  • 2017:  $1,663,398
  • 2016:  $1,223,823
  • 2015:  $1,236,611

UWW paid for first class or charter travel.  For more information on this expense, see the Form 990, Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information.

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