Putting the 'profit' in non-profit? (2018)
As CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute, Ron Forman continues to be paid far more than any comparable colleagues by a relentlessly wide margin. Consequently, we continue to be as surprised about this situation in 2018 as we were in 2002, when we first discovered it.

It should be noted that the ANI participates in a discretionary 457(f) Executive Retirement Plan for its three top-level officers—Ron Forman, Dale Stastny (until his retirement at the end of 2011), and William Kurtz—which is a deferred compensation plan expressly designed to provide additional, and limitless, pre-tax compensation to highly-paid key employees. There are no contribution rules for 457(f) plans, and an employer can contribute any amount—essentially deferring as much compensation as the executive likes, and the employer is willing to pay. The ANI claims on its IRS Form 990 to be in compliance with rules determining compensation of these employees; however, since these rules include "compensation being set by an independent Board of Directors" (which the ANI Board is NOT), and "salary decisions based on competitive market data" (which we have repeatedly shown is NOT the case), such compliance remains questionable.

Ron Forman continues to receive very substantial compensation for a non-profit CEO. Although some reports claimed he had taken a one-third pay cut in 2005, a year that saw severe damage to ANI facilities from Katrina and resulted in the layoff of 700 out of 900 employees, the decrease in his compensation from 2004 to 2005 was only $5,487. In 2006, when he supposedly took an unpaid leave of absence in order to run for Mayor of New Orleans, his compensation apparently soared $134,910 over the previous year!
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