America’s generosity and the amount we spend on our children during the holiday season is unquestioned. Our generosity to charities and those in need is also unquestioned.
What I do question is our sanity! What motivates some parents to spend money that they do not have? What motivates those that do have money to spend ridiculous amounts of money in order to “buy” their children’s love.
I would like you to consider two things for this holiday season.
First. What is this “season of giving” all about? Remember, your “charity” is not in question, just your sanity. As you go through the process of running to stores and chasing down that “list” and checking it twice, I would ask you to consider for just a moment, what are you teaching your children if you give them everything on their list? Some have modest “lists,” while some have outlandish lists and then there are others that have no list at all.
Only you know your “motivation”
I received a picture from a dear friend on Facebook last week before Thanksgiving and it asks a simple and shocking question: “Define Necessity.” I would ask us all to keep this image in our mind during the holiday season.
Second. I would like to share with you information from an email, as well as some research we have done on Charities in America. Once again, our goodness and benevolence is not questioned, especially for those in need, which has been reinforced once again in response to Hurricane Sandy. However, I would like you to question why these people are making so much money? If it is truly a “charity” then they should be performing their jobs as CEO’s in a “charitable”
The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was$651,957 plus expenses
The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
UNICEF CEO Carol M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS-ROYCE. Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause
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. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero
salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
TOP 25 COMPENSATION PACKAGES
This table was published in the December 2012 issue of the Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report.
Name & Title
Peter G. Cordeiro, M.D., Chief Attending Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Michael Friedman, M.D., President/CEO
City of Hope
Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D., President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund
Edwin J. Feulner, Jr., President
Robert J. Mazzuca, Past Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America - N.O.
Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP/Ex-Officio
National Rifle Association & Foundation, respectively
Harry Johns, President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association - N.O.
Includes $392,718 retirement and other deferred compensation.
Greg Bontrager, COO
American Cancer Society
Scott A. Blackmun, CEO
United States Olympic Committee
Steven E. Sanderson, President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society
William E. Evans, Director/CEO
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/ALSAC
Jonathan W. Simons, M.D., President/CEO
Prostate Cancer Foundation
David Harris, Executive Director
American Jewish Committee
Douglas Barnes, Chief of Staff
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Includes $385,081 retirement and other deferred compensation.
Brian Gallagher, President/CEO
United Way Worldwide
James E. Williams, Jr., President/CEO
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
Michael L. Lomax, President/CEO
UNCF/The College Fund
Robert J. Beall, President/CEO
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Rabbi Marvin Hier, President/CEO
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Marc H. Morial, President/CEO
National Urban League
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director/Trustee
Anti-Defamation League & Foundation, respectively
Howard P. Meitiner, President
Phoenix House Foundation
Myra Biblowit, President
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Larry Hausner, CEO
American Diabetes Association