Friday, February 20, 2009

Ridiculous salaries for MSPCA staff while animal shelters close

The MSPCA's flagrant overpaying of its internal staff was revealed today in the Boston Globe today.  A VP of Human Resources for a non-profit being paid over $200,000 a year?  That's absurd.  I hope there's a deeper dive into how these salaries got the way they are.  That's an unreasonable salary for an Executive at a non-profit to be paying themselives unless they are creating A LOT of value.  And there is no freaking way that non-profit lifer at the MSPCA, an animal welfare group that operates in Massachussets, can possibly create that much value.   It may be that this an institutional problem - no person is really going to say no to being offered a high salary if historically that's what they've paid people.  But I'd like to find out how it happened.  The worst part of it to me is that they were shutting down shelters while these execs were paid these sums.


Here are two telling quotes from the Boston Globe's article today.
"In 2007, MSPCA's chief executive officer, Carter Luke, received a salary and benefit package worth $340,595. The vice president of human resources received $215,723, the chief medical officer received $246,337, and the vice president of development received $202,880."
"On Feb. 5, the MSPCA announced the closure of shelters in Brockton, Martha's Vineyard, and Springfield by the end of September and will downsize several programs and departments at its Boston office. MSPCA spokesman Brian Adams said a total of 46 positions would be eliminated. The three shelters slated to close cared for 11,000 animals last year. Four other MSPCA shelters, located in Boston, Methuen, on Cape Cod, and Nantucket, will remain open. Adams declined to reveal the annual operating budgets of any of the shelters."
Unless this changes, I think people who do give the MSPCA (which I wouldn't in a thousand years, unless 2 billion people escape poverty first) should withhold their donations and give it to other causes that do the same thing.  


1 comment:

anwith1n said...

Ted,

Thought-provoking post. I would imagine that these salaries would be reflected in the annual reports that 501(c)(3)s are required to publish, as part of operational expenditures. Guidestar.org is a great reference for those researching non-profits when giving.

I'm glad I found your blog.

Best,
An