Donations: ever wonder where the money goes?

Keep this information in mind when making donations. As you open your wallet for yet another natural disaster, remember the names of these organizations. We have listed them from the highest (worst paid offender) to the lowest (least paid offender).

The worst offender for the 11th year in a row is the UNICEF. Its CEO receives $1.2 million per year, plus use of a Rolls Royce for his exclusive use where ever he goes He has 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. Her salary for the year ending in 2009 was $651,957 plus expenses. She 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. That 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 United Way. He receives a $375,000 base salary plus so many numerous expense benefits. It is hard to keep track of the value of all the perks, including a fully-paid lifetime membership for 2 golf courses, 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 going to charity.

Fourth worst offender is World Vision President (Canada). He receives $300,000 base salary, plus a company-provided home estimated at $800,000. The house is completely furnished and all related housing expanses including taxes are fully paid for by World Vision. He also enjoys a $125,000 business expense account.

Because it is a “religious-based” charity, the organization pays little or no taxes. World Vision receives government grants and does not have to declare where the money goes. Only about $0.52 of earned income per dollar is available for charity.

Of the sixty odd “charities” we looked into, the lowest paid President & CEO was the head of a charity group in Canada.

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. That means about $0.93 per dollar earned,
is readily available and goes back to local charity.

There is no information available as to the salary of Richard Gordon, Chairman of Philippine National Red Cross. Being a volunteer, maybe it is safe to assume that he receives no remuneration from the organization.

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. Remember charity starts at home. Look after the people of this country.
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