CONCERNED this Organization could reach for more people if the executive officers didn't receive 2.3 million in salaries 2013.

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IRS rules state that nonprofit CEOs should receive ‘reasonable compensation.’  Well folks my heart dropped as I read the most recent form 990 on compassion's site. In case your not familiar with that form, it's an IRS form which is requires all non-profits to list all paid staff with salaries over 100k per year. I have a strong moral stand on serving one's community locally and other wise, and would prefer to help those without resources to advance themselves in life opposed to a corporate environment. Sadly this has become forgotten among MANY Christian organization, televangelist and pastors alike taking non taxed donation for their own gains, such as Creflo Dollar Net Worth: $27 Million, David Oyedepo $150 Million, T. D. Jakes – Net worth: $18 Million sadly the list goes on.  After traveling to both developed and impoverished countries I was thankful to gain a different perspective and fulfillment with regards to a career. I now live by the mindset of helping those with nothing to reach there dreams, opposed to making someone else rich. 

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"
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I certainly understand your concern here.We all do.However,when you look at the amount of money that comes in and 84% goes to the programs their salaries would be so much higher if they worked for a corporation that brought in the same amount of money.Considering the responsibility they carry as board members,they are actually more accountable than everyone else,they truly earn this amount of money.Here is something I have wanted to share for a long time and now is my chance.

About 10 years ago a tv preacher asked his supporters to send him $8 million dollars for a second private jet.Well,just in case the first one needs repairs and he has to fly somewhere quickly.Here is what can be done with that money through Compassion and ministries like it.

8 million dollars for a private jet or this.

1.Child Survival Program.Per mother/child a year $518/ 15,444 would be helped in one year.

2. Clean Water Filter $79/ 1 per family 101,265

3. Birth Attendant $100/ 80,000 safe births

4. New Born Care Package $34/ 235,294

5. Feed Baby/Mother One Year $168/ 47,619

6.Baby's Med Care 1 year $55/ 145,454

7.Income Generation Program $400/ 20,000

There are so many more programs I could list here.I have been on sponsor group tours and know how this ministry works from the inside out.Like I said I understand your concerns.This ministry does not waste any money at all.
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I agree, you should always research carefully any organization that you are considering backing financially. I also work for a non-profit and I've reviewed Compassion's 990 and financial reports and I am personally comfortable with what I found. For an organization of this scale, it's really not outside of reason.

I've sponsored with Compassion for many years and anytime someone questions me about their financial integrity when they are considering sponsoring I give them my personal opinion but always, always point them back to the financial reports and Charity Navigator reports because each person needs to be comfortable with where their money is going.

I personally find Compassion to be refreshingly transparent and I have confidence that they are managing their finances with integrity.

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Watchfuleye, 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.

To make sense of the salary we pay our president and CEO, please understand that his income is well under the average salary range of other presidents and CEOs of other organizations who are within the same categorization as Compassion. Also, please note that our leaders are faithful sponsors and donors as well, and personally and financially support the ministry.

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.
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Thank you for taking the time to compile a well thought cookie-cut response. I believe you missed the general consensus of my posting, with respect to you being well under average the salaries are still some of the highest within the industry. Please take the time to read my second post, by saying his income is well in the average translate to "He could take more because the industry says he can but, so be thankful he's not", a false sense of entitlement does not coincide with reaching as many people as possible. You do realize by that logic your falling in line with the same mindset of for-profit corporations as well? Sadly, I understand your point at the same time I ask the same from him as well. Just because he can, why should he if he has the opportunity to give and help more people? For the record can you please show me in the Word, where God encourages living in excess? I challenge him to come see and walk though the slums of Tondo with me, spend a week hand in hand experiencing poverty, and have then have a conversation about being well below the average salary of a comparable oraganization. I would genuinely love host him and have that conversation.
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Thank you for the feed back, again by no means am I disputing a lack of transparency or compliance with government or industry standards, I was hoping to find reason from a moralistic stand point. I'm curious to know if you have been to an under developed country before, in particular seen a slum first hand or an abandonded homeless child, if so please give an example oh here? Personally I have, and spent a considerable about of time in these areas and from a Moral standpoint there is no way I would comfortable accepting such a large salary after seeing poverty at that scale. Real change comes from leaders that  set and follow their own standards. I should rephrase my statement above, "how much MORE of a positive impact can I make" to SHOULD, where is the objectivity? As you mentioned "an organization of this scale, that's the point I'm trying to making an organization of this scale would make MORE of an impact if they took LESS. Just because he can take doesn't mean the should, especially if he has stared poverty in the eye. The attached photo is of two homeless children in Manilla, the nature of what i've been trying to express.
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These boys have NO family or assistance of anytime, I have seen this countless time and have been stopped in my tracks to help kids like these,  due the extreme nature of disparity they face. I can only fathom having the opportunity to lead an organization of this size, and be comfortable with taking away resources from kids like this, when he has the privilege of coming back to a comfortable safe home? I grew up in the Bay Area and live in San Francisco (one of the most expensive cities to live in currently) and a salary of that size is not necessary to live a comfortable life even here. This is the a non-prifot sector, seems as though a false sense of entitlement has been adopted which has gradually been accepted. I digress with the same quote from MLK's street sweeper speech.

"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 struggle" 
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I think if you spent any time reading or learning about Wes Stafford you would realize that he has spent a large part of his life serving in and working with the very children you speak of. And I have NO DOUBT that he is an extremely good steward of his money. I am happy to someone like him make a decent wage in the non-profit sector, because I know he did his job well and lives what he preaches.
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Can you please provide me with an article or publication , showing him directly serving the children I'm referring to? I realize the organization does serve the Philippines however, I am referring directly to him. I understand he is the CEO and would most likely be serving the community on cutch a level as the physical streets at this point in his career, so as you mentioned he's dedicated his a large part of his life, I would be happy to reading something non current as well. But again the general point I was trying to raise is, just because he can doesn't mean he should take such an excessive salary. 
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You could read either of his books, or watch one of his many interviews sermons..or for that matter you could ask him yourself. Message him on Facebook and ask him about his time serving. Or you could sit here and judge.someone you don't know some more.
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Wess Stafford grew up a missionary kid in Ivory Coast.In his book Too Small To Ignore he writes about much he loved living in the village and how much he was able to learn about life.He brings that to this ministry.He has been to many of the countries Compassion works in.Please go to the website and click on the Youtube icon and look for the videos Acknowledge Him In All Your Ways and The Heart of Compassion.And there are the nine short videos What Are You Going To Do about the history of this ministry.
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Awesome thank you both for the input, @KristenH my apologies if I sound, harsh,  and judgmental, as by no mean am I trying to discredit him or judge him. I will by all means read and watch the suggested material. But understand I am extremely passionate and often times blunt about expressing my concerns for those without a voice to ask for help, I'm a 34 year old MAN who's heart breaks every time I seen that situations like the picture above, and often times (embarrassed to admit) broken down outwardly as well in tears. Maybe the difference of opinion in terms of compensation lies with personal experiences and environment we've grown up in,poverty and abandonment touched my life at an early, which is why I feel every resource available should go towards helping others. My general feeling is this, every penny taken for yourself is one less penny you could be giving to them. Thats all what I was trying to say, again like that because I know what its like to not ave anything, not just go and see people living that way,  have experienced it myself. 

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Hello Watchfleye.Some of the Compassion staff have been able to visit their sponsor children and have seen the poverty they live in.Their motto is releasing children from poverty in Jesus name.Now the sponsor children who have graduated from the program are now paying it forward.

I have been to visit some of my sponsor children and now inspired to do more through this ministry and others as well.I tell others about this and show them how much more we all can do together.I find myself looking for ways to get more involved including working for Compassion if that is what God has for me to do.It only takes one trip to a developing country to see what the church is here to do.

Anyone who applies for a job with Compassion certainly does not care about how much money they will make.They're the ones who have their priorities straight.

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