Contributed by: erik Sunday, November 28 2010 @ 10:42 am EST
DONATIONS AND MONETARY ACCOUNTABILITY
WHERE THE 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 is, UNICEF - The CEO receives $1,200,000 per year, (plus use of a Rolls Royce for his exclusive use where ever he goes, and an expense account that is rumoured 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 and 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…
Ready for this...
I think you may 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.
OPINIONS OF THE HOFFER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Because our Rescue does not collect funds from outside sources we ask that donations be made to the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County. 100% of these donated funds, in our name to the AWL, go toward helping to defray costs of treating sick rescued animals.
The AWL, unlike virtual organizations like EARS, actually have a shelter where they are fully staffed and yet receive NO money from Charlotte County unless they take in a dog or cat from animal control. They function solely on fund raising activities and on contributions from kind citizens and animal lovers. Of course we are not saying that organizations like EARS do not have a place in helping animals, they do, but what we are saying is that we know where 100% of donations go in the AWL, and no one knows where any of money goes in places like EARS who have no facility or staff and no requirement to publicly account for contributions.
This Christmas season and beyond, when you reach in your pocket to donate to a charity, think twice how your funds can be best used and help the most people.
The Hoffer Family Foundation believes in the New Cooper Street project for kids and the Animal Welfare League for animals. We hope many of you will consider a donation or even a charitable fund set up to provide funding for these worthy causes….where all of the money ….100% goes to aid the kids or animals!
If you are interested in setting up a charitable trust we can help you understand the 501C3 function. We have done this with help from our accountants and we feel strongly that you should control your tax dollars and not permit Obama and congress to make sure that our local charities are kept functioning. A charitable trust 501C3 still has you pay taxes, but instead of these funds being controlled by spend thrifts and going to earmarked government causes that you may not agree with, you control where they go and get the write off as well. Ask us for details and we will be happy to explain them to you.