I want to offer the thought that perhaps we shouldn't be so defensive about overhead and employee salaries. I myself have been working in the non-profit sector for the past 6 years. I have never once made a salary that could be considered a living wage and have often had to hold more than one job. I have been working in education and running after school and summer programs for under-privileged children. The work is wonderful, hard, and underfunded. Before we get all worked up about 43% of that money being for salaries we should consider how many employees/teachers it takes to run TEN Head Start sites. I'm sure parents can agree that these employees and this type of "overhead" is very critical to these programs. People always want to see that the majority of the money is serving the poor, which I agree with. We don't need fancy offices but let's be real- teachers and employees that are serving with their lives (and not making much doing it) are doing nothing but helping the poor 40+ hours a week so let's not attack their livelihoods at every chance we get.
October 22, 2012 at 11:19 p.m.
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