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Hi Steve! I hope that I can help to address some of your concerns. Compassion publishes all of their annual reports, Forms 990, and audited financial statements for public inspection on their website, here, and they encourage sponsors to review those. The Form 990 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 reported part year total compensation of $419,676 for the outgoing president and pert year total compensation of $216,132 for the incoming president. I think you might have those individuals reversed. Total compensation of officers and key employees for 2013 was reported at $2,688,864. In the most recent Form 990, for the FYE June 30, 2015, total compensation of officers and key employees was reported at $2,430,928, a decrease of roughly 10% from 2013.
Incidentally, I work in public accounting and when I was doing my first research about Compassion before becoming a sponsor I was surprised to see how conservative the compensation of officers and key employees is at Compassion for an organization of it's size and scale. Keep in mind that Compassion is one of the largest charities in the United States. They have to balance offering competitive salaries to attract and keep talented individuals with being good stewards of our contributions. They do a wonderful job of that, in my opinion. I have no doubt that each of those individuals listed as highly compensated could be making much more income in the private sector.
“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.
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!
No, I don't think that it is being judgmental to say that what companies in the private sector pay their employees should not be the standard for what ministries pay their ministers, or that it is a very worldly viewpoint to think so. Christian organizations that operate on the basis of donations are merely stewards of those donations. How how they use those sacrificial gifts is a very different matter from how companies use their profits.
What I don't understand is if Compassion is taking care of about 2 million children and they bring in (Roughly) 800 million, wouldn't every child be a millionaire ?
I must be reading something wrong.
I went to a Compassion meeting at my church, I found out that the people who are involved in Compassion hear from the churches and know what's going on with their child in the child's community. I have never once heard from my child's church or who is over seeing her. Nothing. I was very upset to find out I've been giving extra month and gifts on birthdays and holidays only to find out that they made her spend it on school cloths and she does not get the gifts I send. The pastor of her church is taking the extra money or its being given to him and they spend the money how they see fit.
That upsets me, I've tried numerous times to get a hold of someone at Compassion only to be re-routed to the Philippines. I want to speak directly with the people in Colorado.
For some reason my child left the program and without my consent they just started taking the money out of my account again, I tried to straighten it out to no avail
I logged onto my account only to see a young man who has been trying to get sponsorship for over 441 days. wouldn't it make sense if you are going to assign a child (W/O the sponsor having a say) you would go with the child who has been waiting the longest.
I pray to God someone get's back in touch with me. I don't know what esle to do. I have this bad taste about this entire situation and I do not want to feel this way I'm really upset with the way this is being handled. I really feel like no one cares about me or what I am trying or tired to do with the child I had. I am really mad that they just went a head and after several months just started taking money out so that parish the child was part of didn't lose the money especially when another child has been waiting for over 441 days for help. That's awful. I have left my real name and info in hopes someone will get back to me. I'm so close to pulling out of this organization.
Mary N Cooper
Are Charities Wasting Your Money On Admin?
I just looked over Compassion's financial 990 and see that 13 employees are paid from just over $200,000 a year (base plus "other" compensation) to almost $400,000 for the President. The average American makes $45,000/year! My heart is saddened as I always believed that Compassion was one of the few "above the board" ministries, but I see, sadly, that the pockets of the elite are being lined, just as many other leaders in other ministries are laying up for themselves treasures on earth. I'm suppose this post will be deleted by someone who wants to keep this quiet. Compassion was the primary beneficiary of my estate. That will change tomorrow, but I'm not sure to what ministry I'll leave my estate. I'll continue to sponsor my children, but will cease my support of Compassion when they age-out. Just. Very. Sad.
We start the service at 7:30 sharp and end at 8:30 sharp, and we feed, every day, one hundred and fifty to one hundred and ninety homeless men, woman, and sometimes children with their homeless parents. The Mission serves a four course meal, and community churches provide the desserts.
So, as the Scriptures tell us, in my words, When you meet a cold and starving person don't tell that person things will get better and go find food and shelter when one has the ability to assist that person. And that is where the Union Gospel Mission steps in and feeds the homeless, and hungry people of Sacramento EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, AND THAT IS ONE REASON WE HELP FUND THE MISSION. FOR EVERYONE THAT COME TO HEAR THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST JESUS, AND SALVATION THROUGH HIM,ALSO IS NOURISHED PHYSICALLY.
Pastor Tim Lane is the Dirctor of the Mission and his phone number is (916)447-3268.
In conclusion, thanks for following up on this very important issue.
My best, IHS
Charles "Chuck" Pineda, Jr. of Sacramento and Los Angeles, California
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