This is how much money Philly's 50 biggest nonprofits' CEOs make in a year - Generocity Philly

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Sep. 12, 2018 2:00 pm

This is how much money Philly’s 50 biggest nonprofits’ CEOs make in a year

We dug through a bunch of tax forms so you don't have to. Heads up: Penn President Dr. Amy Gutmann made $3,537,020 in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Amy Gutmann.

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What’s the annual income of your favorite Philadelphia-based nonprofit’s top staffer?

Generocity wrote about CEO salaries this past January and summarized that we’re asking the wrong questions when it comes to nonprofit executive wages. As former reporter Tony Abraham noted at the time about the annual uproar over how much certain directors get paid:

On the surface, the outrage makes a lot of sense. First, unlike for-profit CEOs, salary information for nonprofit executives is easily accessible. And, also unlike for-profits, nonprofits are legally bound by a social mission, so the perceived-to-be-high wages just feel … dirty.

But rather than focus on the people at the top, Abraham wrote, “maybe the more important question is, why shouldn’t entry- and junior-level nonprofit workers be paid wages that are on par with their for-profit colleagues?”

Following our publication of a list of the 50 biggest nonprofits incorporated in Philadelphia according to income, we dove a little deeper into those organizations’ publicly available tax forms (thanks, GuideStar!) to find out how much money their execs earn — not to spark outrage, but to celebrate transparency, and to continue the conversation we started this past winter. (But please, let us know how you feel either way — philly@generocity.org.)

Some notes first:

  • The below income totals include base compensation, plus any listed compensation from related organizations and other compensation.
  • The majority of the following organizations’ tax forms, which are the most recently available on their GuideStar profiles, are from the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Only the orgs with asterisks next to their names have 2017 forms listed — and one, North Philadelphia Health System, comes from 2015 (+).
  • Not every CEO/president/ED/etc. is their org’s highest-paid staffer. Presbyterian Medical Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health (#14) Ex-Officio Board Member Ralph Muller, for instance, made $2,622,630.
  • Again, again, again: Most for-profits don’t need to publish their tax forms, so we may never know how the below salaries stack up against them.

Here are the executive salaries listed on the 50 biggest local nonprofits’ most recent tax forms:

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1. Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

  • President and ex-officio trustee — Dr. Amy Gutmann
  • 2016 income — $3,537,020

Note: Gutmann has been consistently among the highest-paid presidents of private universities in recent years.

2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • CEO and trustee — Madeline Bell
  • 2016 income — $2,032,558

Note: Bell also oversees #7, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation.

3. Temple University

  • President — Dr. Neil Theobald
  • 2016 income — $739,924

Note: The Chronicle of Higher Education reported this summer that Theobald earned $1,380,071 in the 2016-2017 fiscal year (the tax form of which is not yet available on GuideStar), making him the fourth-highest-paid president of a public university in that year. This amount likely included his severance package after his 2016 resignation. Richard Englert became the university’s next president in July 2016.

4. Health Partners Plans, Inc.

  • President and CEO — William George
  • 2016 income — $1,132,138

5. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

  • President and trustee — Richard Webster
  • 2016 income — $802,994

6. Drexel University

  • President — John Fry
  • 2016 income — $2,226,838

7. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation

  • CEO and trustee — Madeline Bell
  • 2016 income — $2,032,558

8. The Pew Charitable Trusts*

  • President and CEO — Rebecca Rimel
  • 2017 income — $1,207,756

9. Albert Einstein Health Network Group Letter Ruling

  • President and CEO — Barry Freedman
  • 2016 income — $2,292,777

Note: Freedman is also the president and CEO of the Albert Einstein Health Network, #49.

10. Temple University Hospital, Inc.

  • President and CEO — Dr. Verdi DiSesa
  • 2016 income — $943,192

Note: John Kastanis is named as the organization’s former president and CEO and earned $752,611 in this fiscal year. Neil Theobald is also listed as a director, including his aforementioned 2016 income.

11. Community Behavioral Health

  • CEO — Joan Erney
  • 2016 income — $182,760

12. American Bible Society*

  • President and CEO — Roy Peterson
  • 2017 income — $437,457

13. Carpenters Health & Welfare Fund of Philadelphia and Vicinity*

  • Labor trustee co-chair — John Ballantyne
  • 2017 income — $309,106

14. Presbyterian Medical Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health

  • Executive director and ex-officio member — Michele Volpe
  • 2016 income — $814,782

15. Pennsylvania Medical Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

  • Information not available

16. Thomas Jefferson University

  • President and trustee — Dr. Stephen Klasko
  • 2016 income — $2,682,353

17. Aria Health

  • Director, president and CEO — Kathleen Kinslow
  • 2016 income — $1,504,928

18. Jefferson University Physicians

  • President and trustee — Dr. Anne Boland Docimo
  • 2016 income — $986,942

Note: Dr. Stephen Klasko is listed as chairman and director. Former President Dr. Mark Tykocinski is also listed as receiving $1,152,838.

19. GlaxoSmithKline Patient Access Programs Foundation

  • Information not available

20. Saint Joseph’s University

  • President — Mark Reed
  • 2016 income — $331,079

21. American Oncologic Hospital

  • President and CEO — Dr. Richard Fisher
  • 2016 income — $914,891

22. Pew Memorial Trust

  • Trustee — The Glenmede Trust Co., N.A.
  • 2016 income — $11,401,791

23. Children’s Health Care Associates, Inc.

  • President — Dr. Joseph St. Geme III
  • 2016 income — $1,061,785

24. Resources for Human Development, Inc.

  • President and CEO — Dyann Roth
  • 2016 income — $176,385

Note: Generocity reported on Roth’s departure — and asked if her relatively low salary was a factor in her decision to leave — in June 2017. Former CFO Marco Giordano took over permanently in January and told us when we interviewed him for the aforementioned nonprofit executive wages story that at RHD, the compensation of the CEO cannot be greater than 14 times the lowest-paid employee.

25. La Salle University*

  • President — Dr. Colleen Hanycz
  • 2017 income — $512,076

26. National Board of Medical Examiners

  • President — Donald Melnick
  • 2016 income — $1,202,026

Note: Dr. Peter Katsufrakis was named the organization’s new president and CEO in January 2017.

27. Jeanes Hospital

  • CEO name — Dr. Marc Hurowitz
  • 2016 income — $515,069

Note: Former President and CEO Linda Grass stepped down in 2015 but earned $526,151 in this fiscal year.

28. District Council 33 Health-Welfare*

  • Chairman —Herman Matthews
  • 2017 income — $333,416

29. Public Health Management Corporation*

  • CEO — Richard Cohen
  • 2017 income — $1,052,157

30. Nazareth Hospital

  • Director and executive director of Nazareth Hospital — Nancy Cherone
  • 2016 income — $320,802

Note: Mercy Health System manages Nazareth and is led by Susan Croushore, listed in this tax form as receiving $711,474 in 2016.

31. Welfare Benefits Funding Plan for Employees of Temple University

  • Information not available

32. Law Enforcement Health Benefits, Inc.*

  • Administrator — John Gaittens
  • 2017 income — $202,021

Note: Prior Administrator Thomas Lamb is included in this tax form and reportedly made $213,343 in this fiscal year.

33. Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Director and CEO — Timothy Rub
  • 2016 income — $613,716

34. The University of the Arts

  • President and CEO (term 1/15) — Sean Buffington
  • Interim president (1/15 to 7/15) — Kirk Pillow
  • Interim president and provost — Stephan Tarantal
  • 2016 income — $55,458; $162,419; and $116,611, respectively

Note: Phew, that was a hell of a year for transitions. David Yager became president of the school in January 2015.

35. E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

  • Information not available

36. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • President and CEO — Jay Feldstein
  • 2016 income — $590,868

37. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia*

  • CEO name — Paul Katz
  • 2017 income — $196,482

38. Philadelphia University

  • President — Stephen Spinelli
  • 2016 income — $538,029

Note: The Philadelphia University/Thomas Jefferson University merger didn’t take effect until July 1, 2017, so the subsequent change in TJU’s tax info won’t be visible until its 2018 form is released.

39. The Philadelphia Foundation

  • President and CEO — Pedro Ramos
  • 2016 income — $344,283

40. Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, Inc.

  • Information not available

41. Temple University Health System, Inc.*

  • President and CEO — Dr. Larry Kaiser
  • 2017 income — $1,918,877

42. Neubauer Family Foundation

  • Executive director — Rebecca Cornejo
  • 2016 income — $224,167

43. Children’s Surgical Associates Ltd.

  • CEO name — Linda Flocco
  • 2016 income — $269,134

Note: A number of listed directors and assistant secretaries make much, much more than this. Director and chairman Dr. N. Scott Adzick, for instance, made $1,606,562.

44. William Penn Foundation

  • Information not available

Note: The foundation saw several directors pass through around this time. Former Program Officer Shawn McCaney was promoted to executive director in March 2017. (He made $256,280 in 2016.)

45. Aria Health Physician Services

  • Director, president and CEO — Ronald Kumor
  • 2016 income — $708,665

46. North Philadelphia Health System+

  • President and CEO — George Walmsley III
  • 2015 income — $670,004

47. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

  • President and CEO — Holly Lange
  • 2016 income — $468,283

48. Wistar Institute of Anatomy & Biology

  • President and CEO — Dr. Dario Altieri
  • 2016 income — $569,581

49. Albert Einstein Health Network*

  • CEO name — Barry Freedman
  • 2017 income — $2,105,839

50. Caring People Alliance

  • President and CEO — Arlene Bell
  • 2016 income — $198,375
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