Simon Wiesenthal Center

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Marvin Hier

Founder & Dean

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization that runs educational programs and engages in community outreach, with a mission of confronting anti-Semitism, hatred, and terrorism, and promoting human rights, the safety of Jews worldwide, and support for Israel. Founded by Marvin Hier in 1977, the Center took its name after the famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. Today, the Center maintains a museum in Los Angeles; offices in Jerusalem, New York, Miami, Toronto, Paris and Buenos Aires; and interacts regularly with political leaders, diplomats, and private and public agencies. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles is currently pursing a $100 million dollar project to have a Museum of Tolerance and Human Dignity built in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Marvin Hier is the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and oversees the organization’s film division, Moriah Films, and its Museum of Tolerance. In 2007 and 2008, Newsweek named Hier the most influential American rabbi, partly for his close ties with high profile political figures. In May 2008, former President George W. Bush invited Hier to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration.

2014

Institution Revenue: $24,565,166

Institution Total Expenses: $26,427,496

Employees: 121

Salary: $784,1558

Overpaid by: 104%

2013

Institution Revenue: $23,754,251

Institution Total Expenses: $25,645,250

Employees: 121

Salary: $765,1238

Overpaid by: 98%

2012

Institution Total Expenses: $25,047,310

Employees: 121

Salary: $751,0548

Overpaid by: 113%

2011

Institution Total Expenses: $23,943,436

Employees: 120

Salary: $702,8578

2010

Institution Total Expenses: $27,248,222

Salary: $721,7148

2009

Salary: $739,5448

2008

Salary: $313,217

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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