Keep these facts in mind when “donating”. As you open your pockets for yet another natural disaster, keep the following facts in mind; we have listed them from the highest (worse paid offender) to the lowest (least paid offender).rity
The worst offender was yet again for the 11th year in a row is, UNICEF – CEO, receives $1,200,000 per year, (plus use of a Royal Royce for his exclusive use where ever he goes, and an expense account that is rumored to be well over $150,000.) Only pennies from the actual donations go to the UNICEF cause (less than $0.14 per dollar of income).
The second worst offender this year is Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross…for her salary for the year ending in 2009 was $651,957 plus expenses. Enjoys 6 weeks vacation – fully paid holidays including all related expenses during the holiday trip for her and her husband and kids, including 100% fully paid health & dental plan for her and her family, for life. This means out of every dollar they bring in, about $0.39 goes to related charity causes.
The third worst offender was again for the 7th time was, Brian Gallagher, President of the United Way receives a $375,000 base salary (U.S. funds), plus so many numerous expense benefits it’s hard to keep track as to what it is all worth, including a fully paid lifetime membership for 2 golf courses (1 in Canada, and 1 in the U.S.A.), 2 luxury vehicles, a yacht club membership, 3 major company gold credit cards for his personal expenses...and so on. This equates to about $0.51 per dollar of income goes to charity causes.
Fourth worst offender who was also again in the fourth spot, for every year since this information has been made available from the start 1998 is amazingly yet again, World Vision President (Canada) receives $300,000 base salary, (plus supplied – a home valued in the $700,000 – $800,000 dollar value range, completely furnished, completely paid all housing expenses, including taxes, water/sewer, telephone/fax, HD/high speed cable, weekly maid service and pool/yard maintenance, fully paid private schooling for his children, upscale automobile and an $55,000 personal expense account for clothing/food, with a $125,000 business expense account). Get this, because it is a “religious based” charity, it pays, little to no taxes, can receive government assistance and does not have to declare where the money goes. Only about $0.52 of earned income per dollar is available for charity causes.
Of the sixty some odd “charities” we looked at, the lowest paid (President/C.E.O/Commissioner) was heading up a charity group right here in Canada. We found, believe it or not, it was…. Ready for this… I think you might be surprised…
It is, none other than…
The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 Billion dollar organization. Which means about $0.93 per dollar earned, is readily available and goes back out to local charity causes…truly amazing…and well done “Sally Anne.”
No further comment is necessary…”Think Twice” before you give to your charity of choice as to which one really does the best for the most – or the least for the most, for that matter.
Now that you’ve read this and find that it’s hard to believe, you’re right!
Read more here – http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/charities.asp
Here is another – http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=studies.ceo
The bottom line is if you are going to donate to a charity, do your homework and check them out before you donate. Ask for local references. Also do NOT donate to anyone who calls you on the phone! Most reputable charities do not solicit donations. These are most likely scammers who are trying to take advantage of a particular situation- i.e. natural disasters, etc. Call the police if you suspect it is a scam. Call the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints about a company. Do a Google search for scams or complaints. Ultimately it’s your responsibility to find out who you’re donating to.
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