Are Charities Really Giving Back?

Samantha Baltzell

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The average family in America earns around $50,000 a year, depending on what jobs they work and how many hours they work per week.

Someone working as the president of a hospital earns roughly $600,000 a year. The President of the United States earns $400,000 a year. The amount of money earned all depends on the job.

Money is sacred in this day and age. People worship it because it’s something we need to live comfortably.

For those who do not have money, it’s a tough situation. Whether it’s due to a natural disaster, debt, or a unplanned emergency, every penny counts. Charities like the Red Cross, the Wounded Warrior Project, or even Planned Parenthood have accepting donations for years in order to help people get back on, or stay on, their feet.

In previous years, there have been scandals and accusations against charities with some claiming that they’re keeping too much money for their staff and not giving enough out to the community.

The Wounded Warrior Project was accused of spending thousands of dollars on their own staff by flying them in first class plane seats, throwing gigantic parties for their own staff, and spending their money on irrational things like expensive cars and electronics.

While this may be true, according to the website www.charitynavigator.org, the Wounded Warrior Project only spends about six percent of their money on staff, 23 percent on fundraising, and 71 percent on the program. It seems that a majority of the money is going to the program, yet 29 percent is going to the staff and fundraising. That’s still a lot of money that isn’t going out to the people that need it.

Mr. Michael Linnington, the advisor of the Wounded Warrior Project earns about $280,000 annually. That’s considered a very small portion of the money that goes to the staff compared to other businesses.

That six percent that goes to staff has not been used wisely and, yes, they are keeping a majority of the money they earn.

It’s not the fact that they are keeping such a large amount of money, it is the fact that they’re spending it on insane things that aren’t logical.

With so many charities in the world that there are potentially some that are keeping money and lying to people, but there are always the charities that are honest and trying to do good to the people.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a highly debated topic due to their support of abortions but there is no debate when it comes to the mission statement that says their main goal is to promote a safe environment for women to talk about their health and well being as well as making sure they can make their own informed and independent decisions about their health and family.

Mrs. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, earned almost $590,000 per year. That almost equal to the pay of someone who runs a hospital, which is basically what Mrs. Richards is doing.

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