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October 8, 2022


Executive Compensation at United Way (2020)

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 2020, UWW awarded 66% of revenue in grants, primarily to other United Way organizations.

In 2020, UWW reported total revenue of $255 million (compared to $249 million in 2019), most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants (nearly $204 million).

Expenses totaled $250 million with the 3 largest expenses reported to be grants ($169 million), compensation ($36 million) and fees for services by non-employees – primarily consultants ($36 million).

274 employees received $36 million in compensation, which equates to $131,000 per employee.  130 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 14 most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $1,246,713:  Brian Gallagher, President and CEO
  • $  447,781:  Suzanne McCormick, President, US Network
  • $  433,899:  Mark Sutton, Treasurer
  • $  416,381:  Lee Love, Chief IR Officer
  • $  406,140:  Lori Malcolm, Chief Culture Officer
  • $  399,168:  Jose Ferrao, International President
  • $  397,573:  Stanley Little, Chief Experience Officer (beg 2/6/20)
  • $  397,091:  William Browning, Chief Strategy Officer
  • $  390,328:  Brian LaChance, SVP
  • $  386,776:  Steve Taylor, SVP
  • $  363,692:  Patricia Turner, Secretary
  • $  347,834:  John Taylor, Chief Information Officer
  • $  345,005:  Christina MacVeigh, SVP
  • $  302,877:  Erin Budde, SVP, Product Strategy

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 $8 million in compensation over the past 6 years:

  • 2020:  $1,246,713
  • 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 and the supplemental retirement plan, see the Form 990, Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 8 2022

    Every one is different.

  2. JeffA
    Oct 8 2022

    How do wages of senior staff at a $200 million for profit compare?

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