My organization was featured in that post, and in the 48 hours that followed I got all kinds of messages basically expressing this: "OMG, did you see this article (with a helpful link)?" I made the BIG mistake of reading the comments on the article. Here is a sample of the most offensive ones:
- Most of the leaders of these non-profits are thieves. They have a cushy job with little oversight. These people are scum and will never get another penny from me.
- If the non-profit execs want to continue to rape the public they need to move into the private sector.
- Discouraging thing is all of the thousands of hours volunteers give to these charities, feeling good about helping, and the CEO's are in it for the big money.
- The head of the Food Bank makes well over 300k per year. Obscene. I had been a donor for years, but I will not give one more penny.
- … more than $300,000 to run the Food Bank? Basically a grocery store that exists (thankfully) to feed poor and destitute families? That's a bit much, folks.
- Then they have the audacity to look you in the eye and ask you to give !!! **
25 Things You Don't Know from Overhead, Salaries, & Admin %'s:
- How many kids are on our waiting list
- How long they have to wait
- The challenges they face on a daily basis
- How many volunteers we recruited
- How long it takes us to process them
- How many training sessions we did
- How many background checks we did
- How many references we called on volunteers
- How many home visits we made
- How many kids we serve
- If those kids do better in school
- If those kids are skipping school
- If those kids will be promoted to the next grade level
- If those kids are saying no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- If those kids got in trouble with authorities
- If those kids will graduate from high school
- If those kids are going to college
- If those kids are employable
- What the kids do with their mentors
- How many fundraisers we held
- How many donations we received
- How many staff we have
- Anything that we spend money on besides a CEO
- How satisfied anyone is with our services
- If we are moving the needle on any social problems our mission is intended to address
- The Annual revenue of organization
- The CEO's Salary (the post doesn't say, but the numbers are actually salary and benefits added together)
- The Percentage of revenue classified as administrative
You can donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters here. Take it from me, the proud CEO and visionary leader of our mentoring movement, your investment in our organization will be a sound one.
**I sent that one a donation link.