It's not just faith-based charities that suffer from this problem. The CEO of the American Red Cross also makes a six-figure salary. The CEO of Goodwill has an annual salary of over one million dollars. The Humane Society of the United States gives a good portion of the donations they receive to PETA. And, of course, there's the infamous Clinton Foundation.... Yet these are all tax-free, "non-profit" organization.
It pays to do your research and see where your money is going whenever you want to donate to a cause. Will it really go to support what you believe? Or will it pad someone else's pocketbook?
Here's one good example - Christ Centered Gamer
. You can see how much money they take in every month, and what they spent it on ($9.27 on shower caps? Really?
) and they publicly disclose it on the Web site. More charities need to be so up front with how they utilize their donors' money.
(This is actually one of the only beefs I have with the LDS church - they don't disclose how much, precisely, they give to the leadership in terms of a salary, or a "living allowance." However, one leaked document indicated that the First Councillor, Henry B. Eyring, receives approximately $89,000 a year for his duties to the church - certainly a respectable annual salary, but humble in comparison to other religious leaders around the world. Given what the LDS church spends money on in other regards - such as relief efforts to Haiti
- I think my tithing money is well-spent. I just wish they were more public about where the money goes.)