Fraudulent Foundations….A serious note!

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This blog comes with a more serious tone than most of the others that I have written, but I had to share this because it upset me deeply.

I received an email a while back that outlined the percentage per dollar of our charitable donations that actually make it to those in need…. the email was written as follows;

Donating – Interesting, ever wonder where that donation 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 – CEO, 

receives $1,200,000 per year, (plus use of a Royal Royce for his exclusive 
use where ever he goes, and 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…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 & 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 were 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 heading up a charity group 
right here in Canada. We found, believe it or not, it was……
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”

 I have been unable to truly confirm this information up to this point in time, and I don’t know the original source of the email, but if this information is accurate, I am truly appalled! How can this be allowed? We are donating our money under the pretense of helping those who are less fortunate than we are. I am not very fortunate myself, but even I have still managed a small donation here and there. Yet where is our money actually going if this is true??? To over paid, under-worked, snot bags who are using the entire world to benefit themselves….personally as far as I am concerned it’s fraud! I understand that it takes money to run an organization, but some of these figures are outrageous! I don’t think that a use of a luxury car has anything to do with helping to feed families in third world countries…but maybe that’s just me???

Anyway I am planning to start researching this information to see if it is true, if you have any help to offer, or any comments to make, please feel free to do so!


2 thoughts on “Fraudulent Foundations….A serious note!

  1. I work at World Vision Canada and it is great that you’re addressing charity accountability and transparency in this posting. However, the facts related to the president of World Vision Canada are incorrect. Our president earns a salary of $184,000, plus a moderate vehicle allowance – which is actually below the market average for a position such as this.

    If you would like to learn more about how World Vision determines this and other salaries, I encourage you to read our policy by visiting the following link:

    You can also access our annual reports and audited financial statements here:

  2. Thank you, I appreciate being corrected, as I said i am not aware of how accurate this email was and I have been unable to confirm facts to date, so this is useful information for me, and I am glad you chose to share. I apologize for any harm caused and I will be sure to have a look at the attached files and make any corrections needed.

    Thank you

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