The Village Speaks For Itself
The Village Speaks For Itself or, (It Takes A Village to Take…)
The Business of Child Abuse
By Joshua Allen
We have long advocated for a cap on executive compensation in foster care. After all, one chooses to work in a non-profit which cares and nurtures abused and neglected children. If you want to be in the so called ‘one percent,’ maybe you should sell widgets, or become a lawyer. Nothing wrong with that…
Our question is this. How much is too much for individuals who choose to work with children whom have been beaten, raped, neglected and abused in a thousand other ways?
These are the toughest of economic times. Cut backs everywhere but here apparently. Now these guys do other stuff such as Wrap Around and some mental health stuff, but ..please lets’ not get started on Wrap Around!
And don’t forget, the below figures for 2 separate years don’t include the monetary value of benefits which must substantially add to the total. Therefore, should salaries and other compensation be reflective of an increase in revenue, as they often are in for-profit businesses?
We think not.
We believe things have gotten out of hand when almost a half million dollars (plus benefits) are paid to just 2 individuals. Exactly what do board members do beyond rubber stamp? This is a charity for heavens sake.
Suppose for example, you lopped off a couple hundred grand from this total and paid two other highly competent and ethical executives $300,000? I imagine that extra $200,000 per year would do a lot of good if applied towards such things such as tutors, mentors, dance and karate lessons, back packs, better Christmas gifts, and many, many things that could help abused and neglected children.
But what do I know.
* The complete tax forms can be found here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7lNozEv6JIEVGJtUlV1OFVWSms/edit and here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15PD_1yCJVIvcsxOLKB-w3-Jznlv1RSc7yxEJHlE0PSo/edit