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Only a third of charities reveal highest salaries

Started by: andishdi
On: 07/12/2018 | 11:54
Replies: 9

by: andishdi
on: 07/12/2018 | 11:54

What do people make of this?


A study of the most recent accounts posted by the top 157 charities found only 46 gave this information yet the Charities Commission said that data on high earners would continue to be kept private.


Below is just a taste of some of the money that charities divert to pay directors/administrators;


  • Save the Children £143,000 pa
  • Oxfam £127,753 pa
  • Barnardo’s £180,000-190,000 pa
  • British Red Cross £170,000-180,000 pa
  • RNLI £150,000-160,000 pa
  • Age UK £190,000-200,000 pa
  • RSPCA £130,000-139,000 pa
  • NSPCC £173,000 pa
  • RNIB £150,000-160,000 pa
  • Alzheimer's Society £150,000-160,000 pa


UNICEF UK, Dogs Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Comic Relief / Sport Relief / Red Nose Day, WWF UK, Amnesty International UK… The list goes on and on with most of them getting paid in excess of £100,000 pa.


Would you still give to charity knowing that some of the money was paying for an executive lifestyle or is it a case of professionals that give a benefit to the charities in excess of their salaries?

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Message 1 of 10
by: mariomariott
on: 07/12/2018 | 13:04

I've known this for a long time. A real slant on the expression 'Charity begins at home'. 

Charitable people should be doing charitable work - problem is we can't be sure those at the top aren't giving from their salaries?! 

I give one to one these days which supports people in my community/town.


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Message 2 of 10
by: mrbond007
on: 07/12/2018 | 13:32

I don't give to these big one's only small and proper caring charities 

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Message 3 of 10
by: shinnie8shinnie
on: 07/12/2018 | 13:40
Aren't they meant to be non-profitable organisation? Where is Gift Aid tax concession going ...into their pocket? There should be a cap on wages allowed on people running charity organisation really..
Message 4 of 10
by: andyslc
on: 07/12/2018 | 14:53

I appreciate there is a need to attract talent but still. The PM who s in charge of a country gets £150k. Anything that makes our current PM seem like a philanthropist in comparison to the head of a charity can’t be a good thing. 

Veni vidi dormivi
Message 5 of 10
by: snenklehen
on: 07/12/2018 | 15:41
I think it is awful, there should be a salary cap of say 45k for charity roles. I spent a year working for a charity and know everything simply can not be done volunteers, but this kind of abuse is just disgusting
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Message 6 of 10
by: slarti
on: 07/12/2018 | 15:57

I've done work for a number of charities, as an IT consultant, and they were charged the same as any other client.


They want my skills, they pay my rate. Then, once I've paid my bills, I choose where and how I do my charitable donations.


You want a qualified accountant in charge of the finances of businesses that are turning over more than some FTSE 500 companies, then you have to pay the going rate.



Message 7 of 10
by: andyslc
on: 07/12/2018 | 16:33

Found this interesting report:


In a nutshell, general charities such as Oxfam, have reduced the amount they pay at the top. Across the board there seem to have been reductions in general but even then some of the top salaries are ireo half a million quid. Philanthropic  foundations, charitable private hospitals and arts bodies  seem to be the worst offenders. Wellcome Trust awarded its highest earner over £3m.

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Message 8 of 10
by: tradertall
on: 07/12/2018 | 16:50
and to think that alzheimer's society could win the giffgaff charity payback vote............
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Message 9 of 10
by: hassan_javed
on: 07/12/2018 | 21:17
why cant they be on minimum wage
when volunteers offer the service for free
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