JDRF Payroll Doubled and Research Grant Spending Cut in Half Over Past Decade

(JacquieCDV) #1

March 21, 2019
This report examines JDRF’s Payroll Expenses, which includes salaries, bonuses, and all other staffing expenses. As illustrated in the opening chart, over the last 10 years JDRF Payroll Expenses have doubled while JDRF Research Grant Spending has been cut in half.

In addition, the amount of Payroll Expenses has been nearly equal to the amount of money given to support research grants since 2015, corresponding directly with the tenure of the current CEO. In every year prior to 2015, the amount of money spent on research grants was always materially higher than the amount spent on payroll.

JDRF Payroll Expenses vs. Research Grant Spending (First View)

  • JDRF Research Grant Spending decreased from $156.4m in 2008 to $84.7m in 2018.
  • JDRF Payroll Expenses increased from $50.1m in 2008 to $81.4m in 2018.
  • Said differently, JDRF Payroll and Related Expenses have increased by 59% over the past decade while research grant spending has declined 46%.
  • JDRF has not publically acknowledged this dramatic decrease in research grant spending or the incredible increase in the amount of money that goes to JDRF Payroll Expenses.

2008 vs. 2018 Annual Spending Change (In millions)

  • Payroll Expenses have seen a greater increase compared to every other major JDRF spending category over the past 10 years.
  • During the same time frame, research grant funding, the most important and strategic job of JDRF, declined by $71 Million.
  • Based upon this straightforward analysis, it appears that increases in payroll, both in salary increases and hiring of new staff, were paid for by a decrease in research grants.
  • Donors must decide if this is an appropriate trade-off and should vocalize their concern if they disagree with this shift.

JDRF Payroll Expenses by Category 2008 Vs. 2018 (In millions)

  • Payroll Expenses are broken-up into four categories, as indicated in the chart above. All four categories have increased from 2008 to 2018:
    • Research and Support: Payroll related to staff who identify and manage research grant making. This category grew by +133%.
    • Public Education : Payroll related to staff who provide education materials and lead advocacy programs. This category grew by +68%.
    • Fundraising: Payroll related to staff who lead and implement all fundraising activities. This category grew +46%.
    • Management and General: Payroll related to the executive management staff, including CEO, CFO, etc. This category grew +22%.
  • Executive pay levels for the top 5 highest paid employees increased by 50% from $1.7m in 2008 to $2.6m in 2018.
  • Executive pay for the top 10 highest paid employees nearly doubled from $2.3m to $4m between 2013 (the most recent year this data is available) and 2018.
  • The number of employees who made more than $100k increased from 118 to 162 between 2013 and 2018.

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(Jess) #2

I gave up donating to these scammers decades ago. All they do is sell false hope to newly diagnosed diabetics (cash-cows).


(ksannie) #3

If you do not pay people enough, you will not get the best employees. And a lot of the non-research spending is the education expense, which is vital.


(JacquieCDV) #4

So you think the best use of donations is payroll and not research grants?


(ksannie) #5

No, what I was defending was education, which is as vital as research. And education must be done by well-informed employees. Also, a lot of research is being done by private companies who stand to make money from their research (such as development of artificial pancreas systems or new drugs). Some research which does not have a financial reward does need funding, such as comparison of mortality rates from 20% vs 40% vs 60% carbohydrate diets. But, once the research has concluded, then the diabetic community needs to hear about it and learn what they need to do to take care of themselves in the best manner possible.


(Ryan) #6

I think the Payroll vs Research numbers can skew the impact a bit. Of course, all of us would like to see higher Research grants. However, we love our local JDRF office and all of the support they give us. They facilitate us having a community of others going through the same experience, and that has been invaluable for us and for our T1D 11 year old. The largest category noted in Payroll was Public Education which comprised Education material and leading advocacy programs. Thanks to these efforts, we have an appropriate 504 plan in place for our daughter, and we were pretty much clueless before hearing about it as a JDRF event. We felt alone and isolated after my daughters diagnosis, and JDRF connected us to a local community that has helped us so much.