Archive for July 1st, 2008
The North Carolina C United Way Board Failed Both the “Smell Test” and the “Optics Test”
The CEO of the United Way of Central Carolinas was given a huge raise, bringing her compensation up to $1.2 million. In particular, her retirement fund was increased six fold to $ 800,000 which has generated a lot of controversy and prompted this post.
I don’t fault the CEO one bit, if any employee was asked “We plan to increase your retirement fund by sixfold, what do you think?”, the answer of course will be “Great idea, Thanks!”
The failure here is for the North Carolina United Way board to not recognize the negative impact that this would have on the non-profit sector. Don’t they know the United Way history with the Aramony scandal?
If she was owed 8 years of back retirement fund payments, that should have been handled separately as an error correction, not a sixfold increase in her retirement account in one year.
BTW, The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world’s largest workplace giving and there are many safeguards in place to prevent the type of coercion and pressure mentioned about United Way campaigns in some of the other posts on the Philanthropy.com website.
The CFC is also the most donor friendly, and least expensive way for a charity to raise funds.
In terms of actual giving, if the CFC were a foundation it would be the 10th largest foundation in the US. $1 billion of unrestricted gifts over the past five years — how much did your non-profit receive?