Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The high cost of running a non-profit
Not content with pissing off the Veitch clan, I will move on to piss off various area non-profits. Over Easter weekend the Glens Falls Post Star ran an excellent feature on the high salaries of directors of area non-profits. Since these organizations actively solicit donations and enjoy tax free status their annual IRS form 990 are supposed to be made public including the compensation levels of key employees, at least in practice that’s how it’s done. Some do some don’t. I will list some local groups along with forms if available.
First the local list from the Post Star. The entire story and it’s a good one here
Remember most of these figures are a year or two old.Current numbers are higher
Wesley senior living facilities CEO J. Brian Nealon, $216,887
Skidmore College President Philip Glotzbach, who earned $470,000 in 2010.
Saratoga Hospital anesthesiologist Dr. Gordan Kuhar, who runs the hospital’s Pain Management Center, earned more than $860,000.
The president of the Yaddo artists’ compound, Elaina Richardson, earned $211,000.
And these are the two that personally piss me off the most
Marcia White, president and executive director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, took home $281,000. Form 990 here
And this clown who rents the Silver Bay YMCA to cult guru and alleged pedophile Keith Raniere for his 11 day birthday orgy
Silver Bay Association for Christian Conferences and Training CEO David Kisselback, $131,500. Form 990 here
Now here are a few more local ones I dug up
Saratoga EOC known as SCEOC Ms. Julie Hoxsie, $83,127 in 2010 Form 990 here
Saratoga Bridges AKA NYSARC Inc. Saratoga County Chapter (Saratoga Bridges Foundation) Valarie Mutatori $171,821 Form 990 here
And this is interesting the Saratoga affordable housing group.
All the usual list of characters, Executive Director Ed Spychalski, Dennis Brunelle etc etc but the surprise here as these are unpaid positions is A J Arpey Inc a contractor who made $1,074,941 in 2010. Form 990 here
My final thoughts on this. While many of you call these charities, the truth is they're businesses and industries. They have replaced the factories in our postindustrial economy.
Many of these businesses also throw elegant galas in the summer months that I find personally amusing while understanding they are lucrative for our local hospitality industry.
The problem as I see it, isn’t with the poorly paid rank and file workers. None of which makes anything near what the lowest paid full time dpw laborer makes. Many workers in the Saratoga Hospital go without health insurance, unable to afford the premiums and rent at the same time. I find something deeply disturbing when the people taking care of me in Cancer treatment can’t afford the services they provide.
We pay the people who care for our most vulnerable citizens the least amount of money, while the CEO's of these same non-profits flit around the dance floor at some soiree while attendees praise their selfless "work" Then we have Marcia White complaining about attendance at SPAC. News flash Marcia your prices are too high and your bloated Salary is a large part of the problem.
There are exceptions to the rule. Skidmore pays better and still offers Health Insurance for $300 to $500 a month. Still a far cry from any government worker. Ms. Julie Hoxsie, $83,127 at EOC actually seems a little low. I’m sure when Ed Spychalski sees this he must wonder what all the fuss is about, probably thinks he’s underpaid. Come to think of it since the same crowd of “good citizens” seem to inhabit the boards of these non-profits it’s easy to see how Brunelle came to defend his salary.
Till next time. Want to do something that is really charitable and good? Adopt a dog or a cat, an older mix breed is best. Then take care of them and love them for whatever time they have left. Yea and next time you hear a city worker bitch about his pay. Tell him to fuck off and try working for a non-profit as a rank and file worker.