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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Charity Navigator's 2009 CEO Compensation Study

Today, Charity Navigator published its 5th annual CEO Compensation Study.

In examining the compensation practices at the 5,448 charities in our database, we found that the top leaders earned an average salary of $158,075. This represents a pay raise of 6.1% over the previous year studied.

Our 2009 study offers insight into how a charity’s mission, size, and location impact its CEO’s salary. The report also highlights some questionable salaries and suspect compensation policies. And we round out the report by offering advice for judging the appropriateness of a nonprofit executive’s pay.

The report is already generating media attention. In fact, our President & CEO, Ken Berger, will be discussing our findings on Fox Business News with Stuart Varney this afternoon at 1pm EST.

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Unknown said...

Dear Charity Navigator, Mr. Berger and Ms. Fisher,

I just looked at your video summation of your study and thought it was excellent!
It seems to me that you have not attempted to demonize CEO's earning large salaries, but rather put everything in proper perspective and help everyone from foundations to individual donors like me with the tools to make a better judgment about each charity's CEO compensation versus performance.
Thank you for another job well done.
Richard F. Teetsel
Private donor, but also immediate past president of the Amherst NY Lions Club, which tries to make its donations wisely.

Ashwell said...

I think the CEOs earn a high salary even during the recession. Some steps should be taken to improve the overall salary for all the employees. So instead of reducing salaries for all employees in an organization, a marginal cut in CEOs salary can help the business to save a lots of money.

Ashwell prince
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