Whoa, no way – young nonprofit sector workers don’t want to stay in the sector because of low pay? Young people don’t aspire to become nonprofit leaders? Well where are we going to get great leaders? We need great leaders at nonprofits if we want them to get great things done, right?
Man, that’s rough. Anyway, my attention span isn’t so hot, so I forget what I was just talking about, but you know what pisses me off? Charities that blow their money on fat salaries for their greedy executives!! Oh, man. Don’t get me started. At least I have a friend in Charity Navigator, which puts the CEO compensation right on that profile page so I can spot crooks like that Curtis R. Welling. Guy makes 275 THOUSAND DOLLARS (as much as a mid-level investment banker!) for running Americares, which barely cracks the top 20 largest nonprofits in the country. I mean, the AVERAGE nonprofit CEO makes ~$150k/yr – who needs that kind of money? That’s, like, entry-level MBA money!
Listen to me. I want my donation going to needy children, not to some jerk in a suit. I want great leaders in the nonprofit sector. I am confused.
Oh, actually, I think I’ve sorted it out. The problem seems to be that pesky Straw Ratio again, and the mentality that goes along with it: that we should evaluate charities by nitpicking their balance sheets and questioning their operating costs, rather than by looking at what they do and whether it works.