Leaders of national nonprofits often are much more involved in fundraising than in the services their group provides.
So it’s hardly surprising that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals board is dominated not by veterinarians or shelter managers, but by rich people with connections.
The interactive Muckety map above shows current and former directors of influence. The current board includes Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Jeff Pfeifle, former president of J. Crew; and Arriana Hohenlohe-Boardman, wife of hedge funder D. Dixon Boardman.
Among the former members: Mary Jo White, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees; and theater owner and producer James L. Nederlander.
As the New York Times reported last year, the board has experienced more than a little tumult.
Its budget, however, has risen steadily. Tax returns show that revenues and expenses have quadrupled over the past decade. In 2012, the most recent year for which returns are publicly available, the organization raised nearly $164 million and spent nearly $169 million.
It paid $1.8 million for fundraising and more than $60 million for salaries.