The American Bankers Association is a non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization – “a business league that pushes advocacy, provides education, products, and solutions to its membership and the financial services industry.” In other words, the ABA is a non-profit association for banks, savings and loans, and trust companies. Based in Washington, DC the ABA engages in lobbying, works to establish banking standards, and educates the public and its members.
While some people think of non-profits as almost an afterthought, the ABA is anything but insignificant. The ABA raises more than $100 annually, typically spends less than it brings in, and has accumulated more than $40 million in net assets. But, what is particularly startling is the compensation of executives.
In 2017, 398 employees were compensated $66 million, which equates to an average compensation of $166,300. However, only 173 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation which means there were some very highly compensated people in the organization. Read more