The Nonprofit 1 Percent

Even the do-gooders can seem blind to their own excess

So how are they successfully lowering costs for taxpayers when their CEOs are earning more than "government CEOs" like Mayor Bloomberg ($225,000, though Bloomberg only accepts $1 of that), Governor Cuomo ($170,000), and the president of the United States?

At least the Guild knows where to cut costs—like Debbie Moran's $167 every couple of weeks, which is really a bargain, since she is willing to keep working.

Moran has been asked to conduct a spring concert without any rehearsal, so the Guild can pay her for only one visit.

Music therapist Debbie Moran at the piano with the blind GuildCare choir for the last time
Arlene Gottfried
Music therapist Debbie Moran at the piano with the blind GuildCare choir for the last time
From left: Gwen Lee, Dorothy Matthis, Rachel Gonzalez, Daniela Luna, and Vicky McKinney sing gospel at the GuildCare Adult Day Center in Yonkers.
Arlene Gottfried
From left: Gwen Lee, Dorothy Matthis, Rachel Gonzalez, Daniela Luna, and Vicky McKinney sing gospel at the GuildCare Adult Day Center in Yonkers.

"I know they'll be prepared," Moran says of her singers, but she knows they'll be missing the formally therapeutic aspect of her work, and there's only so much preparation blind elderly people—some with dementia—can do.

"I work with a lot of choirs," notes Moran, who also teaches piano and plays in church to make ends meet. "But this one was special. Because when these people sang, you could really see how it brought them out of the dark.

"We have to find a way to keep this going," Moran says, praising her singers who wrote letters and asked anyone who would listen to contact their elected officials on behalf of increasing Medicaid funding.

Despite being let go, just like Claro, Moran has nothing but good things to say about her former supervisor, Joan Clark, and understands the pressure she's under. Moran knows she's just one part of a multimillion-dollar operation. She doesn't have anything bad to say about Morse, either.

Moran just wants to play her music with her people and seems optimistic that when Morse learns what's being lost, he'll set things right.

sthrasher@villagevoice.com

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