There are several charity rating agencies on the web, the best-known and largest being Charity Navigator.
CN looks at a lot of financial data and then rates 5,500 agencies using a 0-4 star system.
Questions still abound. Is it all that simple? Can you rate the efficiency or worth of a non-profit organization so easily?
Efficiency, salaries, administrative costs, plus fundraising costs weigh heavily in the star ranking system.
But some charities have argued, and logically so, that they have greater administrative costs because they perform more functions.
Or they incur greater fundraising costs because they are trying to increase revenues to expand their reach to a larger client population.
A good friend just sent me ratings for some major Jewish organizations covered by Charity Navigator along with their CEOs’ salaries.
It’s certainly an eye-opener. Check out each organization’s full rating report on Charity Navigator
for yourself and see if you agree with their conclusions.
American Jewish Congress: 0 Stars
||Executive Director’s Salary: $205,232
OneFamily Fund: 1 Star
Executive Director’s Salary: $148,077
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger: 2 Stars
President’s Salary: $147,799
American Jewish Committee: 3 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $463,939
AFMDA: American Friends of Magen David Adom: 3 Stars
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $279,155
Milwaukee Jewish Federation: 4 Stars
Executive VP’s Salary: $224,767
Anti-Defamation League: 4 Stars
National Director’s Salary: $282,252
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America: 4 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $334,628
Jewish National Fund: 4 Stars
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $392,819
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: (4 star)
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $431,654
Chai Lifeline: 4 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $160,295