We’ve been duped. America is filled with fun-loving and caring people. The viral ice bucket challenge has combined both our sense of responsibility to our fellow human with fun…
So I found this link on Facebook and thought I’d crosspost it here because really what is even going on here. These people are like “73% of this isn’t going to ALS!” Uh? Patient and community services, public and professional education, and research make up 78% of of their budget. And then another 17% is going to fundraising. That IS going to help people with ALS. Jesus Christ, not all of it has to go to research. But when people complain that the majority of the money isn’t going towards research while ignoring that it’s going towards HELPING PEOPLE WITH ALS just makes it sound like they don’t actually care about disabled people. They just want us to stop existing.
Like, don’t get me wrong, ALS isn’t necessarily a perfect organization. But complaining that the majority doesn’t go to research ignores the reality of disability and that disabled people need more than just nebulous “research” to improve their lives.
Go hate on Autism Speaks if you’re worried about organizations not doing what they should with their money.
Articles like this are great, because they mostly show that the writer doesn’t understand how non-profits work. I’m getting a degree that says I do, so strap in.
[same information from a non-asshole site here]
7% for administration costs is below average for a nonprofit, actually. 10%-15% is a usual amount. Like, electricity companies don’t donate power to non-profits. City governments don’t donate water, free buildings (+upkeep) aren’t just laying around. Non-profits still operate under the rule of capitalism where if someone does labor for you, you pay them. Surprise, a nationwide group pays A LOT of people.
The executive salaries listed are also normal. The IRS itself recommends non-profit executives should be compensated at a comparable market rate—ie what they would receive in a similar job at a private company. Surprise, the heads of a nationwide group have a lot of responsibility and are paid accordingly! There’s a fucking guide to this, come on.
14% going to fundraising is also perfectly average! Since non-profits, you know, don’t make a profit, they have to have another way to secure money for the future. If they don’t have money for next year etc, they shut down. Surprise, a group operating in a capitalist economy requires money!
Further note: donor intent is incredibly important to nonprofits, ethically and legally. There is a little checkbox on the ALSA donation page that says “I want my donation to be used solely for ALS research.” If you check it, they legally cannot use the donation for anything else! If you don’t want your donation to pay for education or the water bill, here, problem solved.
The ALS Association seems to be a perfectly average place to donate your money, as it should be.