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.

"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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Boo_Bottoms
Boo_Bottoms

Typical liberals... ripping off the Taxpayers and the these poor people. No wonder they support the Magic Negro.... it's like printing money.

F'n Joos are either stealing through the Banks or social programs like this... money is their God!

Larry Marsden
Larry Marsden

Even the nonprofit organizations are doing the wall street hustle!!!

Ymgscoringhigh
Ymgscoringhigh

Wow, do people still believe that "non-profit" is really not profitable. Come on people, Trillions of dollars are donated around the world, yet we still have hunger, people are still homeless and poor residents roofs still leak. It's a bigger scam than politicians and these people get praised for the "WORK". Of course they have great big marble mantles to put all their do gooder awards on. Why be a politician at all, just start a non-profit.

Dean Michael Mead
Dean Michael Mead

It took a while for the public to catch on to what is going on at the Guild. They killed a phenomenal early intervention program for blind children under 4, many of them multiply handicapped as well. Why did they kill it? It wasn't profitable. Hold on a second, isn't that concept inherent in the mission of a not-for-profit organization? They do the things that private business won't do because they're not profitable activities.

Stealinghope
Stealinghope

i feel that there ought to be in addition to (1) for profit and (2) not for profit organizations there ought to be a third category: (3) not for profit, my foot organizations ... as evinced herein (this article) and other places there are many people at not for profits who do quite well financially, including, but not limited to 'development' (fund raising) people who sometimes get a percentage of the take. one example of a 'renowned' organization (MSKCC) whose non pareil raison d'etre (and mostly selfless employees) is at times in variance with their tack and actions: “Sloan is pursuing a systemic approach to reducing expenses and increasing revenues […] One example of this is discouraging terminally ill patients from seeking initial treatment or second opinions from the cancer center […] the admission of such patients is counterproductive […] to Sloan Kettering.” [paraphrasing salient features, MSKCC, CFO/Chief Financial Officer] ... there are also instances of craven self servitude at MSKCC conducted by people who drop their moral compasses, yet clearly know better. another example is the aids vaccine ride of perhaps ~ 15 years ago, multiple sponsored city to city 3 day ~ 300 mile bike rides that required relatively large sums of funds to be raised for the cause by participants, but when all was said and done, perhaps ~ 14% of accruals went to charity. That's just not right.

Stealinghope
Stealinghope

There ought to be 3 categories of business: (1) for profit; (2) not for profit; (3) not for profit, my a** ... as there are many at not for profits who make a lot of money ... including beggars in three piece suits (a Paul Fussell [Class] term) a.k.a. 'development' people. Take for example the 'renowned' MSKCC ... “Sloan is pursuing a systemic approach to reducing expenses and increasing revenues […] One example of this is discouraging terminally ill patients from seeking initial treatment or second opinions from the cancer center […] the admission of such patients is counterproductive […] to Sloan Kettering.” [paraphrasing salient features, MSKCC, CFO/Chief Financial Officer] ... at that Institute whose raison d'etre is indeed non pareil and most of whose employees are selfless there are unfortunately individuals (suits, non-clinicians, etc. ) who attempt to influence enrollment in clinical trials in variance with a clinician's intuition when very large milestone [clinical trial phase completion dependent] royalty payments lay in the balance. In addition attempts to expand by that institute have been described as bullying are framed by the bizarre facilities management and infrastructure problems that are swept under the rug. These include but are not limited to chronically exposing its workers to poison (carbon monoxide) [resulting in abandonment of a building after firstly dispatching selfless employees who rightfully complain about safety issues on pretense], knowingly not installing ductwork controls in a laboratory building and other egregious oversights that stand to affect and have likely effected reaction conditions of experiments that may result in clinical trial candidates. the following citation is but one example: http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/e... ... Ariad stock once increased by 100x (10,000%!!) in perhaps a 4 month time frame. Are YOU an Ariad millionaire? Were you in on that? MSKCC's incumbent President is currently involved in his own he said/she said (IP) Intellectual Property imbroglio. The disingenuousness that emanates from that Institute is intermittently palpable, and those who commit conflict of interest, ethics, environmental health and safety lapses clearly know better.

Bk
Bk

I spent five years working for one of the most well-known non-profits, and the experience led me to the understanding that one should give a charitable contribution ONLY to a direct service provider. Those large, national paper tiger non-profits all have overpaid mouthpieces, be they execs, boards or consultants. As with most things political, grass roots is where it's greener, donation-wise.

Hmmmm
Hmmmm

Occupy is funded, run, and promoted by non profit crooks.

tampajohn1
tampajohn1

Occupy is right on ---time to do a lot of readjustment $$$$$ - and get rid of these crony ". Not for profit" crooks. United Way - same con game --March of Dimes same con game. It is a national con game and the insiders know it. Wake up America!

NirzwanB
NirzwanB

the courts should take the money and belongings of that evil person and do something good with it to make up for this.

Raydog1973
Raydog1973

The thing is most of these non profit presidents probably come from money in the first place. In my expericnes nonprofit leadership is filled with the blacksheep of rich families who dont want to be surrounded by all that wealth than end up making the same amount of money in a nonprofit enviorment

Gues
Gues

Why didn't this article mention the organization's Board of Directors, and their responsibility to run the organization in a fiscally responsible manner? They are the ones that approve the budget, including the President's compensation.

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not everything is money, there are something called values and you have to stand for that. Morse is type who don't care about it and its his failure no matter how much he earns

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Paula
Paula

I heard the Alzheimer's Association is also like this.

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crookedE
crookedE

Morse should take a lesson from his own (former) employees - sometimes you do work for reasons other than money.

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alvise giglio
alvise giglio

OMG! Alan Morse is the scum below the pond scum in the septic tank in my yard. What a heartless bastard!!

msbpodcast
msbpodcast

Alan Morse is a rich prick without a conscience.

When the zombie apocalipse comes, I hope he is not one of the first to go.

I want him to suffer.

Maybe they'll just eat his eyes and keep the rest of him as a larder.

Hamilton55
Hamilton55

You are absolutely correct....I cringe when I hear someone say, here's a problem/ need let's start a program or NFP.

 
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