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I encourage everyone here to read the form 990 here as well as any other organization you may be apart of, as you should be aware of how much of an impact our contributions are actually making and for who. 2.3 million is not an exaggeration, what is reasonable when you take the mission statement into consideration? What is reasonable when the objective is to change lives for those with NOTHING, whom not only lack resources most of us don't realize we even have. Mr. Stafford was paid a staggering $381,970 in 2013, so taking reason out of the equation and view it from a moral standpoint, how is that much money justifiable if your've genuinely emersed within the international communities you serve? I've seen the level of disparities in countries as the Philippines and Thailand, there is no such things as surviving, only the haves and have not's. Capital cities filled with luxury condo's looking down on toxic shanty towns. I live in San Francisco and grew up on welfare and sec. 8 surrounded by violent projects in West Oakland California. Which are not a distant memory making space for luxury lofts due to the technology boom and gentrification. Needless to say I can relate to a certain level of poverty however, I still had a realative decent chance of survival in comparison to the aforementioned slums inhabintents. Thankfully most if not all of us here in the U.S. have yet to see a homeless CHILD, left to survive with no family, adult, shoes food or water only rags and feet covered in dirt. I personally was heart broken seeing children left if such deplorable conditions, sadly is wasn't uncommon seen. My point of sharing my experience is to add perspective, more importantly is for us to objectively ask the question of why is Mr. Stafford and other executives' s salary so large? As a leader (PASTOR) why take a salary of that magnitude when you could help hundreds if not thousands of additional people? There seems to be a strong lack of moral aptitude, empathy or he has simple forgotten the selfless nature of founding members mission statement.
As a person with an unbreakable moral compass and commitment to my nonprofit's mission statement, I founded my organization with a salary cap, in case your wondering 110K no bonuses or excessive reimbursements either. Not for the purpose of pretending to be a humanitarian martyr, because I am confident the organization will grow to it's full potential in every aspect. Thereby protecting the integrity of the organization and as a reminder to myself and successor we are NOT doing this for money. I will admit I was angered, genuinely shocked and deeply troubled after reading their report, as the lowest salary was no less than 180K. By no means am I asking for the dedicated to live in poverty however, if you truly joined this field to help others and fulfill your mission state (which I believe they have) why no take a step back and ask yourself "how much MORE of a positive impact can I came", because often it it those with the least amount that GIVE the most, and those whom have the most give the LEAST. Peace and keep the focus for real change.
"A man has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow confines of his own individual concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity"
Dr. MLK Jr. "the global freedom strugle"