7th Highest Salary: Brian A. Gallagher, United Way Worldwide
Compensation (2008): $982,768
United Way, whose iconic logo and commercials have been icons of the charity world for decades, is a collection of local chapters that support health and education and fight poverty in 45 countries and territories.
President and CEO Brian Gallagher has headed both the American and Worldwide divisions of the charity, with a focus on improving lives rather than just administering donations. He brought in $982,768 in compensation in fiscal year 2008, twice what he received the year previous, but this inflated number includes more than $400,000 of pension income. Looking only at his base salary of $415,970 in 2008 puts Gallagher much more in line with CEOs of similar organizations.