Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

UPDATED: Gay media watchdog GLAAD says ED is paid $225,000

Today the gay media watchdog group GLAAD released its federal tax return for 2009 and revealed its executive director is being paid $225,000. It also reported a significant drop in revenues for last year, resulting in a loss of $1.5 million.

The agency, whose full name is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, had refused until this afternoon (Tuesday, August 24) to reveal what it was paying its top executive since it hired Jarret T. Barrios last September. After the Bay Area Reporter wrote about the lack of transparency surrounding Barrios’ salary in April, the agency’s public relations director excoriated the paper for its coverage.

In an email containing the tax return filing sent to LGBT reporters and bloggers, prompted by an inquiry from San Francisco blogger and gay activist Michael Petrelis, GLAAD Director of Public Relations Rich Ferraro noted that Barrios (pictured at right) dropped his own annual salary, with Board approval, to $225,000 in December.

Most LGBT nonprofits, when asked, will disclose what they are paying their EDs at the time of their hire. But Barrios had told the B.A.R. he saw no need to reveal what his compensation was until the tax filing was completed. He did say he had decreased his income by up to 15 percent.

Based on the information GLAAD disclosed today, Barrios was initially awarded a salary of less than $260,000 at the time of his hiring.

In terms of what he earned in 2009, Barrios took home $79,648 in pay as well as $1,370 in additional compensation. His predecessor, Neil Giuliano, earned $208,637 in 2009 salary plus another $4,935 in additional compensation.

The agency also saw a precipitous drop in contributions between 2009 and 2008. It reported total revenues for last year of nearly $5.1 million, less than half of what it earned in 2008 when it reported roughly $14 million in revenues.

The decline in contributions came as GLAAD increased what it paid for professional fundraising fees, spending $18,107 in 2008 and close to $160,000 last year.

The agency throws lavish, star-studded awards ceremonies throughout the country, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which are major fundraisers for GLAAD. It reported spending $1.3 million on fundraising expenses in 2009 while it raised $613,145 from fundraising events resulting in a loss of $276,380 from the fundraisers.

The agency did reduce its salary costs by $900,000 last year, going from $4.2 million it paid in 2008 for employee costs, including salaries and benefits, to $3.3 million in 2009. Ferraro noted that GLAAD has since eliminated a senior vice president position; in 2009 the agency paid $173,750 in salary for the post.

UPDATE: In an email late Wednesday (August 25) that Ferraro sent to the B.A.R., he wrote that “a significant part” of the agency’s drop in funding last year was due to a large donation that will be received over the course of five years.

Due to accounting rules, Ferraro wrote that “the gift must be reported in full the first year.”

Looking then at GLAAD’s revenues in 2007, when it raised $7.1M, its earnings last year were $2M less than what it raised three years ago.

In terms of its fundraising last year, Ferraro said the $613,145 listed on its 990 comes from non-media awards events and pointed to a separate line item where the media awards’ fundraising total is pulled out from the agency’s other contributions, listed as $2.8M

Elsewhere in the tax filing, the form says that GLAAD raised $2.6M in gross income off its fundraising events (not including the $613,145 figure) in 2009 but spent $2.8M, resulting in a loss of $276,380.

Ferraro, however, said the agency did not loss any money last year off its media awards.

As for its costs to hold the fundraisers, Ferraro wrote that the agency, under Barrios’s leadership, this year has “successfully and substantially reduced expenses for the GLAAD Media Awards,” which he wrote will be reflected in the agency’s 990 tax filing for 2010.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 24, 2010 @ 5:36 pm PST
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