Nonprofit Salaries

November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First

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November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT

Four nonprofit executives from the Western New York region took home salaries of more than $400,000 in 2011, with one individual breaking the $1 million mark.

David Dunkelman, president of the Weinberg Campus, remains the top-paid nonprofit executive among the region's largest nonprofit agencies, according to new research by Business First. His salary of $1.68 million included base compensation of $741,581, benefits as well as $943,361 representing a payment from a supplemental retirement plan.

Dunkelman was among 487 executives who earned $50,000 or greater during the calendar year included in the 2013 Million Dollar Nonprofits, a research report to be published by Business First on Nov. 1 inside the All About Nonprofits publication.

The report is based on an analysis of tax filings for nonprofit organizations in the eight-county region that reported revenue of at least $1 million during the 2011 fiscal year, the most recent year for which complete data was available.

Dunkelman leads a family of multiple affiliated agencies that provide a range of programming in Getzville for seniors, ranging from independent apartments and health care services to skilled nursing and dementia care. The organizations, six of which appear on the Million Dollar Nonprofits list this year, had combined revenue of $52.7 million.

Rounding out the top five highest-paid individuals:
• Thomas McMahon, CUBRC president, received $755,750, including base compensation of $418,440 and a bonus incentive of $335,657.
• Flint Besecker, former CEO at Hospice Buffalo and the Center for Palliative Care, received $439,851, including base compensation of $268,171 and a bonus of $171,500.
• James Boles, president & CEO at People Inc., received $417,575, including a $142,000 payout representing the final year of a three-year deferred compensation package.
• Michael Holden, CUBRC vice president, received $379,572, including base compensation of $322,116 and a $50,000 bonus.

The Million Dollar Nonprofits includes salary rankings, as well as revenue and expense data, information about total employment as well as complete contact information.

The All About Nonprofits publication also includes a list of the region's top corporate philanthropists; a ranking of the top foundations, including private, corporate and community foundations; and a listing of charitable events for 2014.

If you're a subscriber, the All About Nonprofits publication will be included with your weekly paper. Advance orders for the publication can be made by calling Karen Schiffmacher at 541-1631. The publication will also be sold separately on the newsstands for $8.95.

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