Helping or Hurting?

Okay. I have a bit of a rant here and am about to exercise my freedom of speech and protest in a polite, civil, questioning nature.

The facts revealed in this story have been known for quite a while in the inner circle, but this is really the first time it has been brought to the masses. Since it was published in a paper, I thought now was the time to share here.

The essence is thus: the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children pays its top dog $511,069 a year (figures are from 2008) in salary, $787,126 in deferred compensation and underfunded retirement benefits, plus $46,382 in nontaxable benefits — for a grand total of $1,344,567. This makes him the highest paid exec in the non-profit world.

My beef here is with the fact that this private group commands the elephant’s share of federal funding for their category/area. Small businesses like us, who try to be philanthropic whenever possible (SAFE SCHOOLs, PD Pandora), can’t get the smallest slice of that pie – but the NCMEC get it, a lot of it, and then they give a HUGE chunk to their President, as if he were the CEO of a Fortune 500.

It makes the use or association of the term “non-profit” with their company a joke. At least 1 of that $1.35 million could have gone to other companies (i.e. Innocent Justice, CyberHood Watch, BulliesBeGone, Mothers Against Predators, etc.) or back into his own company to make it better and stronger. It could have been used to finance new, more current, research. They are using numbers from Internet studies done over 5 years ago, from before social networking existed!

It’s not cool… and it appears to be another example of plain old corporate greed. But in this case it just seems worse. Keep it in mind…

(Get a kick out of the comments on the page too!)

January 25, 2010
Quasi-governmental missing kids center enjoys key exemptions from federal rules
By Susan Taylor Martin, St. Petersburg Times Senior Correspondent

In many ways, the National¬ Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a quasi-government agency.

Mandated by Congress, the center has access to the FBI’s missing, wanted and unidentified persons files. It operates tip lines for the Justice Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It gets more than half of its money from U.S. taxpayers.

Yet the Virginia-based center, with regional offices in Florida and three other states, is a private nonprofit organization exempt from federal salary caps. And that has enabled the center’s president, Ernie Allen, to command a salary among the highest in the nonprofit world.

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