Correction: Salvation Army CEO Salary
UPDATE: The good people doing Good Works at the Salvation Army sent me the actual salary information for the top official. Major George E. Hood, the National Community Relations Secretary, from the National Headquarters tells me:
Regarding the full compensation for Commissioner W. Todd Bassett and his wife Commissioner Carol Basset, together their combined compensation includes basic living allowances and grants totaling $64,210.00 and housing valued at $34,116.00.
For two individuals the total compensation is approximately $98,326.00.
This is for two in Alexandria Virginia, a suburb of Your Nation’s Capital. $100K is considered minimum wage. For one.
The tag line for the Salvation Army is,
“Doing The Most Good”
And they should add, “For The Lowest Cost.”
I particularly like the joint compensation and responsibilities. Two become one and all that…A family enterprise doing eternal work.
This should correct the record of my Forbes source cited below and other incomplete references.
My favorite triple A: US Army, Dick Armey, Salvation Army.
I once sat on a board to evaluate administrative overhead costs of hundreds of 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organizations.
The Salvation Army always had about the lowest admin burden.
American Red Cross, Marsha Evans earns $651,957.
United Way, Ralph Dickerson Jr., president of the United Way of New York City, $420,000.
Goodwill Industries, George W. Kessinger, $386,575
Salvation Army, W. Todd Bassett $166,850
Catholic Charities USA, Thomas A. DeStefano, $116,362.
Full Disclosure: I once asked a woman in the Salvation Army out for a date (B.C., before Charmaine). She turned me down ever so politely. I always had a weakness for uniforms.
Originally published 9.17.05
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