Charity? You kidding me?


“Remember this post when you feel charitable”


by Ken Smith


The season of giving has come and gone, and like a lot of you, I walked by the bell ringers of the Salvation Army every day during my shopping and the requests for my charity dollars came pouring in from the United Way, the American Red Cross and even UNICEF.

Here is what I found when I went digging.

UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern (pictured below) receives $1,900,000 per year (158K) per month, plus all expenses.

Less than 5 cents (4.4 cents) per donated dollar goes to the cause when you stroke a check to this Charity.

US Fund for UNICEF President Caryl Stern


The United Way President Brian Gallagher ( see below) receives a $675,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

United Way President Brian Gallagher


The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans’ salary (see her below)  for the year was $951,957 plus expenses.

American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans'


Now, Lets look at the following Veterans Organizations, and the compensation to the heads of those groups:


American Legion National Commander is Jimmie Foster and he gets paid $0.00   (Yup, He is a volunteer)

Jimmie Foster


VFW National Commander is a true Veterans advocate, Richard Denoyer and he gets paid $0.00  (Yup he is a volunteer too)

Richard Denoyer is the guy in the ball cap.


The DAV National Commander , Donald L. Samuels also is  a true Americcan Patriot, he gets paid $0.00 (Like the others, he is a volunteer too)

Donald Samuels

You Starting to get the point here folks?   What the hell is wrong with a charity paying its top executive an outrageous salary?  Nothing.  Its not illegal nor wrong.  Less you think that charity is something that should be up there with “for profit” companies where the bottom line is how much you earn for your shareholders or stock holders.  Now, is it me?

You can check the VVA, Purple Heart , AMVETS, NCOA and whole host of other Veteran Specific charities and you will see, they get paid zip.  They do the work they do because its a calling, to help their Brothers.

By the way:

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.

96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause, so yes, I drop a coin or two in the pot.

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