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April 28, 2023

Executive Compensation at Save the Children (2021)

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 34 voting members (trustees) of the governing body (Save The Children Federation, Inc), 33 of whom are independent, although the Form 990 lists 38 (which appears to be due to timing differences), of whom 21 are female and 17 are male (note:  The Form 990 does not disclose gender; determinations were made based on name and google searches).

In 2021, Save the Children raised $909 million (including $398 million in government grants)  and spent $878 million (not including $3 million in depreciation) primarily on grants ($645 million) – mostly overseas, staff compensation and benefits ($120 million), fees for services ($48 million), office-related expenses ($21 million), and advertising and promotion ($21 million).

1,132 employees received $120 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $106,000.  However, only 335 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 20 most highly compensated employees were reported to be:

  • $583,432:  Janti Soeripto, President and CEO
  • $490,272:  Mark K Shriver, SVP, US Programs
  • $488,891:  Eric Howell, EVP and COO
  • $457,335:  Greg Ferrante, CFO
  • $404,312: Jennifer Roberti, VP, Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising
  • $402,067:  Debbie Pollock-Berry, VP and Chief of HR
  • $382,381:  David Barth, VP, International Programs
  • $351,665:  Brian White, VP, General Counsel
  • $335,319:  Luciana Bonifacio, VP, Resource Development
  • $330,784:  Ingrid Milne, AVP, Interim CFO (thru (3/31/2020)
  • $331,442:  Daniel P Abbott, Chief of Party
  • $331,147:  Sarah Angel-Johnson, VP, IT and Building Ops
  • $317,986:  Gregory A Ramm, VP, Humanitarian Response
  • $316,395:  Elizabeth A Zorio, AVP, US Programs
  • $315,981:  Nathalie H Gamache, Deputy Chief of Party HIHS, PR
  • $309,958:  Cynthia P Yeatman, VP, Corporate Partnership
  • $303,727:  Nora K O’Connell, VP, Public Policy Advocacy (thru 12/21)
  • $291,887:  Eid Natour, AVP, US Programs
  • $204,906:  Christy Gleason, VP, Policy and Hum Response (as of 4/21)
  • $198,764  Andrea Williamson, Corporate Secretary

The 20 most highly compensated employees received more than $7 million in compensation.  12 of the 20 (60%) are female while 8 of the 20 (40%) are male.

STC paid for housing allowances or provided residences for personal use (see the Form 990 Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information for more details).

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

  • $10.1 million:  TV Fundraising Solutions, of Lanham, MD for digital media
  • $ 3.6 million:  Google, of Mountain View, CA, for digital ads
  • $ 2.7 million:  Facebook, of Menlo Park, CA for digital media
  • $ 2.1 million:  Digital Media Solutions, of Clearwater, FL for fundraising services
  • $ 1.4 million:  BKA Logistics, of Washington, DC for freight

As listed above, more than $14 million was paid to 4 vendors for fundraising and advertising.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2021), click here.

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