You would expect that the senior officers of our best known charities would be motivated by altruism rather than material reward. Not so! An investigation by Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph into the accounts of 14 charities of the Disaster Emergency Committee reveals a very different picture.
The table below shows the 2012 salaries of the charities’ CEOs.
Charity Chief Executive Officer 2012 Salary
Action Aid Richard Miller £88,933
Age International Michelle Mitchell £90,000-£100,000
British Red Cross Sir Nick Young £184,000
Cafod Chris Bain £87,567
Care Intl. Geoff Dennis £100,-110,000
Christian Aid Loretta Minghella £123,729
Concern Worldwide Rose Caldwell £60,000-£70,000
Islamic Relief Mohamed Ashmawey N/A (no employee paid over £60,000 in 2011)
Merlin David Alexander (interim) N/A (highest salary paid in 2011 was £110,000- £119,999)
Oxfam Dame Barbara Stocking £105,943
Plan UK Marie Staunton £90,001 to 100,000
Save the Children Anabel Hoult £168,653
Tearfund Matthew Frost £92,000
World Vision Justin Byworth £95,988
Although salaries are lower than remunerations in the private sector, 11 of the CEOs received more than PM David Cameron’s annual salary.
Many of these charities depend partially on public funds receiving over £1.1 billion in the past three years from the UK Government, the EU and the UN. They are not however subject to the same level of scrutiny and accountability as the government or quangos. This should be a real concern for ordinary people who make donations and work hard to raise funds for these organisations.
William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission has been severely critical of charities failure to deal with executive excess. Speaking to the Telegraph he said: “It is not for the commission to tell charities how much they should pay their executives. That is a matter for their trustees. However, in these difficult times, when many charities are experiencing shortfalls, trustees should consider whether very high salaries are really appropriate, and fair to both the donors and the taxpayers who fund charities.
Disproportionate salaries risk bringing organisations and the wider charitable world into disrepute.”
Well said Mr Shawcross.
Many Christians across the UK will be outraged by the obscenity of the inflated salaries paid to these CEOs, some of whom head up Christian organisations!! These people are literally stealing from the world’s poor and vulnerable. There is no excuse for this!!
In future when asked to give, I will have two questions:
1. What are the aims of your organisation?
2. How much is your CEO paid?
I will not be donating to organisations paying excessive salaries to their CEO. Readers should consider doing the same.