Motivation Monday for Cyber Monday 2012 ~ Define Necessity

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Define Necessity ~ During the holiday season
Define Necessity ~ During the holiday season
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Nov. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- Today is “Cyber Monday” and the media has been claiming that online spending will be up over 20% this year!

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” and what you are thinking as you go through the shopping season.  

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” frame of mind.  That does not mean working for free, but it certainly does not mean working for $1,000,000 a year, which some have surpassed and others are close.  Shame on them!  You should take this into consideration when you choose to give during “the season of giving.”   (Please do the research; we are NOT claiming that this information is 100% accurate.  We have provided the sources, but you should still do some research.)


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!



This table was published in the December 2012 issue of the Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report.

Name & Title


Top Salary*

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

Heritage Foundation



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

Easter Seals



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

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