Charity Begins at Home

Feb 18, 2013

Like the old saying goes, “Charity Begins at Home.” Americans are among the most generous people in the world. Recently, a list was published that actually listed some of the top nonprofits in America and the compensation that their respective CEO’s collected for leading those organizations. It was an eye-opener to see that the CEO’s of certain so-called nonprofits were paid in the millions annually, while others only collected token salaries more in line with their charitable missions. For example, the former head of the Boy Scouts of America was paid over $1 million while the COO of the American Cancer Society almost made $1 million last year. In contrast, the head of the Salvation Army took home a relatively paltry $130,000.
Here’s a snapshot from Charity Watch showing some of their Top 25 Nonprofit CEO Salaries:
Nonprofit Salaries
The top salary on this list from 2012 was $2 million+ to Peter Cordeiro who heads the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. You can view the rest of the chart by clicking HERE.
And how much closer to home than Roger Goodell and the NFL? It’s only becoming more widely known that the NFL operates as a 501 (c) 6 nonprofit, with all the special benefits that a nonprofit enjoys. And keep in mind that many years ago, they also received an antitrust exemption from Congress.
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Roger Goodell’s Compensation Nearly Tripled To $29.49M In ’11
By Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer
Published February 15, 2013
NFL owners nearly tripled Commissioner Roger Goodell’s compensation in ’11, paying him $29.49M and likely making him the top paid commissioner in sports. The figure is in the league’s tax return, which the NFL is scheduled to file with the IRS by the end of the day Friday. Most of the pay is in the form of a $22.3M bonus, a compensation structure that will continue into the future. Goodell’s pay is now more closely tied to his performance and not largely derived from a set salary, which was $3.12M in ’11. He earned $11.6M total in ’10.
You can read the rest of Daniel Kaplan‘s Sports Business Journal article by clicking HERE.
And just to give everyone some context as to just how much $29.5 million actually means in football terms (Click on the graphic to enlarge for easier viewing):
29 million

3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Gordon A.Wright
    February 18th, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Gordon Wright - NY Jets

    Thanks for the eye-opening commentary on Charity begins with SELF – Oh I meant to say, ‘at home.’

    And if there are real Ghosts, I sure hope they come back and haunt All those people who pushed them to leave planet earth prematurely. Like my dear friend John Mackey…

    Gordon Wright
    Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets
    1967 – 1970

  2. Brian J. Nemeth
    February 19th, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Brian Nemeth

    It’s blood money!

    1976 draft from South Carolina
    to San Francisco 49ers

  3. Lionel James
    March 1st, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Lionel James

    A very interesting thing was said to me today by my Primary Care Physician. As he consulted with me about all the things going right and wrong within my body, he brought up an eye opening thought about football: As we in the fraternity know, football really isn’t fair but it is downright killing our male bodies. Coaches spend countless hours in meetings devising plans to attack a grey player and that usually requires two players on one, as you know eventually the two will more than likely win out. Then there are the traps and the crack backs. Now what Dr. Walker here in Birmingham said to me today, March 1,2013 at 8:30 a.m. totally knock me off my feet! (Being only 5′-6″ isn’t very far to fall but it was shocking!)

    He said that in 1905, President Roosevelt “saved” football – that threw me for a loop. I was forced to ask how because why would a sitting President put his face and name to a sport. And of all sports football. Well, in the early 1900s – more like 1905-15 – I’m probably off with the dates but the message is clear: In one season, 18 players died playing the game. You would not believe the founding Colleges or the forerunners of football teams were: To my amazement it was Yale, Harvard and Princeton!

    Now today when the television is on, would the majority of the population watch them or would they watch a SC, Auburn, Alabama game… Now if you don’t believe my story I would like for you to Google: Roosevelt and Football. There are a number of articles to read and they include the ugliest, nastiest ways to play the game. The reason I wanted to share this is that there is and always have been a running log on the dangers of playing football. Now the younger player playing the game today will say that we have a grudge because we don’t make as much as they do today but in time they too will strike for what injuries will preach to them; and that is the Gospel Truth. After they wake from their slumber, they too will understand that they gave their lives as young men to a sport that gave joy to the public and – as God is my witness – I hope that their money lasts way longer than their playing days. But the truth is that they will see the value of a cane. Read the stories, apply it to now, ask what did the owners know about playing football.

    As Ali once said, you will be shocked and amazed.

    Lionel James
    San Diego Chargers
    1984 – 1988