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Review for World Wildlife Fund, Inc., Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am impressed with the work of this organization and as a business leader in the for-profit world, I must say they are incredibly efficient with their expenses. On nearly every "larger" non-profit's reviews one can find multiple comments criticizing the CEO's compensation. However, a CEO of such a large nonprofit organization must be knowledgeable about running a large, sophisticated enterprise. They must have a working knowledge of finance; operations; fund development; marketing; and a myriad of other aspects of running a business. I personally as a donor want to make sure that a competent leader is at the helm. I would be quite frightened to see a $75k/year leader running a $150+M business - this level of individual would likely not have the business acumen to fulfill the requirements of the job. Plus, the nonprofit sector competes with the for-profit sector for top executive talent, where a similarly-situated individual would likely command a compensation package of $1M or greater. Look at the percent of the total budget the CEO's comp amounts to, and at this size organization, it should be less than 2%. Here, it's less than 1/2 of 1% - amazing. I feel better knowing my donor dollars are managed by a fairly-paid executive who can handle the complexities of an organization at this level.

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