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Pay For Philadelphia Non-Profit CEO’s Among Highest In Country

(The Kimmel Center, at Broad and Spruce Streets in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by John McDevitt)

(The Kimmel Center, at Broad and Spruce Streets in center city Philadelphia. File photo by John McDevitt)

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new study gives Philadelphia non-profits good grades for fundraising efficiency and accumulating assets but a terrible score for spending on administrative costs and CEO salaries.

Philadelphia non-profits have the highest administrative expenses of any of the 30 major cities studied by the group, Charity Navigator. And that may be because of extraordinarily high compensation for non-profit leaders, the third highest in the study.

While Charity Navigator spokeswoman Sandra Miniutti says six-figure pay is average, “In the studies that we’ve done, we see that large charities typically pay their CEO’s around $130,000.”

There are a few stand-outs in Philadelphia. Alison Vulgamore at the Philadelphia Orchestra makes $756,000 a year, according to its 990. And the heads of the Art Museum, Franklin Institute and the public broadcast station WHYY all make more than $400,000.

Penn has by far the highest paid non-profit employee in the city: Its medical school dean makes $2.6 million.

To see more of the results from the study, click here.

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