Folks, I am not an activist but I am blunt. I do not suffer fools and I refuse to let inequalities get past me. I wrote a blog about the Charities in Canada paying incredibly exorbitant salaries, and luxurious benefits to the CEO’s of the top ten charities.

After my blog post, a very committed MP in Ottawa, The Hon. Albina Guarnieri, P.C., M.P.
Mississauga East-Cooksville, Ontario  initiated a Bill C-470 to limit these salaries. She is facing incredible opposition from the charities funny enough and needs your help! I have been asked to appear as a witness at the Standing Committee in the House of Commons to address my concerns as a private citizen to the arrogance of charities which feel they can ask you for your hard earned money to pay themselves incredible salaries.

Come on folks this is not the way to be a model to the poor, the downtrodden and the ill in our great country. These charities are so arrogant they have even started their own website to fight the bill

Stand-up and send a note of your support to Albina Guarnieri NOW!

The following is my brief to the Standing Committee

Bill C-470, an Act to amend the Income Tax Act (revocation of registration)

I am the Senior Project Manager at a Vancouver based Society. SUCCESS is one of the country’s leading NGO’s and as such is very visible in the community.  The salaries of this not-for-profit reflects the usual non profit environment in Canada where the theory is money should be placed in programming not salaries.

In the matter of the Top 10 Charities blog I wrote in reference to the Globe and Mail article. I was struck by the fact that as a regular contributor to charities both from my Payroll deductions and other personal contributions my monies were funding CEO’s earning over $350k in earnings, the benefits including limos further incensed me.

Transparency is needed with charities. The vast majority of charities fear nothing from openness around the percentage of contributions which go to Administration. The large charities, if pushed provide ambiguous and often misleading admin numbers. One big ten charity on two different occasions said their admin cost was 14% while their published number was 67%.

I prefer to give to charities which understand that as a middle class person my contributions represent a big deal to me so I want a charity which has a low admin percentage.

Corporations are obligated to give shareholders detailed information on both salaries and benefits of executives why not the large charities with their special tax status. When we, the people, give them tax benefits should we not get the same obligation on salaries from them?

Some charities claim that the large salaries are needed to lure high performance executives. The charities I know have exceptional CEO’s at the $100k level. This atmosphere of elitism is shameful. For instance, one charity was getting $50/mo. from me. That means with a $350k salary it takes 600 contributors to keep him in the lifestyle he has become accustomed

Charity means giving to others without consideration for oneself. When I see a dying child advertised on a national television channel people believe inherently that it is implied by the Channel that the ad is real and viable and the money goes to the people depicted in the ads.

One becomes incensed when we realize that a very high percentage goes to paying the CEO exorbitant salaries.

As a social media networker with 88,000 followers I put it out to them for their opinions on the validity of CEO’s receiving such high compensation. In the space of 3 hours I received just under 1000 messages. The first messages were adamantly against my criticism of high salaries of CEO’s mainly commenting that good mainstream people needed high compensation. Over 900 messages were against paying high salaries to executives of charities. Most expressed outrage that their hard earned dollars were being used to support lavish lifestyles of CEO’s.

I insist that as important as there is a cap to the size of salaries the transparency is important for me to make an informed determination whether I will contribute – but it must be my choice. If stories of this nature continue all charities will suffer from donor apathy and resentment.

Gary C. Bizzo

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  1. I watched a TV special on this not long ago. There are 2 charities that no longer get donations from me. I found some local groups that put my to proper use, instead of making a fat cat fatter.

  2. This is ludicrous. I am appalled that the government has allowed this to happen. charities are for helping people that need the support, not for fattening up the privileged few CEO’s.

    This has got to stop.

  3. I don’t see many ‘pro’ comments here, but then who could support these guys anyhow, thanks for keeping on the trail. I found your link on Twitter

  4. Yo Gary,,,They say only 15% of what is collected has to be paid to the charity,,,,,nice work if you can get it..cousin Bob

  5. Thank you for another great article. You’re up against a lot of well positioned people who will protect their positions for sure -Please go to Ottawa

  6. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. I support you every inch of the way

  7. you publish your salaries…a “consultant”, eh?

    What….$500 hour or so?

    That’s a reasonable amount for a professional ‘thinker’ – not one of those, you know, contributors to society. Yet another person who is against……everything.

    Tell you what people do NOT go to work for charities for the ‘big bucks’.

  8. 67%?!? It’s like your donating to give people a job first and then maybe you are helping the cause. I agree, people should be able to see where their money is going before they give. I understand the need to have “mainstream” people heading up a charity, however, aren’t they at a point in their life they can give a little?

    1. Thanks Tammy, Most of us are agreeing people should be compensated but lets see the ratio of management costs to money going to the people you are trying to help, thanks again

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