Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 12:00 am  

The 990s include revenue, expenditures, assets, investments and, most important for this week’s list, compensation paid to directors, trustees, officers and key employees. They must include the compensation of the five highest-paid employees who are paid more than $100,000 a year.

Compensation for nonprofit employees is gently regulated by the IRS, which requires only that nonprofits pay executives “fair and reasonable compensation,” according to a 2011 white paper by GuideStar, a nonprofit organization that compiles nonprofit financial reports and makes them available online.

Arkansas Business has long reported publicly available salary information — in lists of the highest-paid state employees, executive officers and directors of publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas, electric and gas utilities, public school superintendents, nonprofit hospitals and the largest nonprofit organizations.

The 990s used in this week’s list were the most recent available from GuideStar’s website.

The fiscal years researched ended between March 30, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, and are noted in each entry on the list. Because the data is between nine and 27 months old, some of the individuals may no longer be employed by the nonprofit listed or may not have the same title. When Arkansas Business was aware of a change or departure, it was noted.

GuideStar’s database includes more than 20,000 nonprofits in Arkansas. Almost 15,000 of those had annual revenue of less than $100,000 and were not included in Arkansas Business’ research. The 990s of more than 100 nonprofits were researched, including all that had annual revenue of $2 million. With the deliberate exception of electric cooperative executives whose salaries have long been reported in the utility lists, we believe we have captured most of the nonprofit employees who received compensation packages of $215,000 or more during those recent fiscal years, but some smaller organizations paying relatively large salaries may have been overlooked. (Omissions or errors should be reported to Editor Gwen Moritz at

The list is ranked by total compensation, which then is broken out into salary and “other compensation.”

An expanded list of 294 names, including those with salaries of $200,000 or more, is available for purchase in spreadsheet form on



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