Compensation At The Top

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Looking at your 2013 990, I see your new president was being paid about $420,000 which is about twice the $216,000 you paid the former president. At least 10 others at the top were making well above $200,000. This helps explain the large increase in your annual compensation budget year-over-year. What is the latest data since this 2013 report? Also, I'm very curious as to WHY this level of compensation for so many and WHY it has been necessary to raise these levels lately?
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Steve Wilson

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Hello Steve! Compassion's 2014-2015 990 form shows our CEO, Santiago
“Jimmy” Mellado’s reportable compensation from the ministry as $296,044, which
is well below other ministries within this same field. You can find our 990 form through the link that Adam graciously provided or here. This is from the time period of Jun 1, 2014 through June 30,2015. We usually
compare our CEO's compensation to World Vision’s President, who has a reportable
compensation from that organization as $447,500, because they are an
organization of comparable size and mission.

Our
statement on stewardship says the following: “The ministry of Compassion
belongs to the children, our Implementing Church Partners, our sponsors and
donors, our Supporting Church Partners and ultimately to God. Therefore, we
protect, develop, and deploy all of our resources (people, time, money,
knowledge, reputation and materials) with great care and wisdom.”

In order to develop quality staff at Compassion while at
the same time managing our financial resources with great care and wisdom, we
seek to offer competitive salaries for the various positions necessary to
successfully execute Compassion’s mission statement. Also, please note that our leaders are faithful sponsors
and donors as well, and personally and financially support the ministry.

Thank you so much, Adam and William, for jumping in to help answer Steve's question quickly :). I sincerely appreciate the time you take to go above and beyond for fellow sponsors and the significant help you are to us!