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Published in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday..
I would agree with critics who say many charities misappropriate funds for higher salaries, outside consultants, galas, and lobbyists. They also spend donors’ money on frequent mailings at a huge cost. But it is important not to overlook those nonprofits that truly do good work on a tight budget.
As national director of the Melanoma International Foundation, I can assure you no one on our staff makes an exorbitant salary. We do not send out mass-mail solicitations or hire consultants. We do everything within our power to make sure as much as possible of our constituents’ generous donations is funneled directly into our mission of helping melanoma patients live longer, better lives.
Just as all businesses are run differently, so are charities. Please don’t lump all nonprofits together in the same greedy lot.