Social services' compensation: Doing good, doing well

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2011 - 10:22 PM

CEO salaries and benefits at Minnesota's top social service agencies top out at under $400,000, a Star Tribune analysis found.

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mcjoe1Dec. 17, 1111:19 PM

And the tea party folks get furious when they hear the salaries that public servants make. Look at the comparisions and you'll see the equivalent positions in private industry earn far far more.

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gsnurbDec. 17, 1111:39 PM

mcjoe1 - That is the prerogative of the PRIVATE Org.

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misterfloydDec. 18, 1112:41 AM

$$$ are WAY TO HIGH. Charity work is to be a calling, NOT a caling card to the PERKS and benefits of the private sector.

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unionsrockDec. 18, 11 4:59 AM

If you think these salaries are bad, you should see MSHSL salaries!

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rncowles1Dec. 18, 1111:38 AM

My quote that "People are supporting charities with their hard-earned dollars, so they want their money used for mission -- not for salary" is a partial quote that, by itself, is the opposite of my intent. The missing rest of my sentiment was: "But charities carry out missions through employees--they can't deliver good programming without paying employees adequately." It's a myth that salaries are separate from mission. That's not to say that some salaries are inflated and unjustifiable. Well governed charities use market compensation data to determine executive pay. Most, in fact, do this. Rich Cowles, Charities Review Council

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smainsDec. 19, 1110:59 AM

These people are doing useful work for our communities. They are not pushing mortgages people can not afford or figuring out the latest way to make money from some new "financial instrument. Compare what they make to bankers income. If any get even 10% of a typical bank or airline CEO, then we can start talking.

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aliceann1Dec. 19, 1111:29 AM

Being in the non-profit world there are individuals on staff that are working there and get the very low end of the salary scale. That is what makes me upset when I see the figures. I understand the important weight of leadership which deserves fair compensation. However, I am positive that there are staff members in all of those organizations making $30k and working just as hard (if not harder) than the director but end up living pay check to pay check.

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mikemaxDec. 19, 11 8:03 PM

Read the Dec 18th Trib story "Minnesota Nonprofits are in Survival mode" http://www.startribune.com/business/135757988.html and then this article. Are you kidding me ? This is outrageous compensation and anyone who gives to these groups should stop until they clean up their act. The Governor and state agency heads/commissioners only make $120,00 or less and many oversee thousands of employees and budgets that run into the hundreds of millions. People need to take a closer look at how their hard earned money is used when they donate it. Unreal

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tellitallDec. 20, 11 6:06 PM

While paying out the highest CEO salary, Wilder cut 40% of programs, services and staff in 2009. They can no longer afford the $36 million headquarters they built in 2007, so they are renting half of it out to another organization. Nonprofit for whom???

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tpnelsonDec. 22, 11 8:16 AM

Common sense would tell most people to stop sending their hard earned $$'s to these so called Non Profits. Just look at this 360 Communities Non Profit, they are sinking, but yet the ceo's salary was around $230K.

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