Donating – Ever wonder where that donation money goes?

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).
The worst offender was yet again for the 11th year in a row, 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 goes 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 – 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 were the money goes.
Only about $0.52 of earned income per dollar is available for charity causes.
Of the sixty some odd “charities”  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 any Charity.

About lorrystdavid

I'm a retired guy who loves to get involved in community affairs and issues especially when I feel there is some injustice involved or that I have a valid point of view. I still believe that the pen is mightier than the sword although lately, I am wondering if this is still true.
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4 Responses to Donating – Ever wonder where that donation money goes?

  1. I work at World Vision Canada and it is great to see charity accountability and transparency be addressed here in your blog. However, the facts related to the president of World Vision Canada are incorrect.

    Our president earns a salary of $184,000, plus a moderate vehicle allowance – which is actually below the market average for a position such as this.

    Our president does not live in a $700,000-$800,000 home and none of his housing costs are paid for by World Vision. He has lived in the same house outside of Toronto for more than 20 years.

    If you would like to learn more about how World Vision determines this and other salaries, I encourage you to read our policy by visiting the following link:

    You can also access our annual reports and audited financial statements here:

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  4. Taz Rajan says:

    Very interesting. I’ve been supporting AKF for years and would love to use this blog but would need the source of information please, and who ranked the charities and how. Thanks so much! Be sure to check out the World Partnership Walk 2011 in your city.

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