my first job in an animal shelter was with the ASPCA a few decades ago. i was enthralled with its founder HENRY BERGH. i even read and collected all the books about him! he is a fascinating character one you would truly love. he confronted a lot of cruelty in nyc in the late 1800's. its a part of history in the annals of nyc lore. as i am the only donor that goes to their yearly meeting, i can tell you the ASPCA is doing HENRY'S work, and he would be proud of them!
Receiving several robo calls per day from a telemarketer. No message - just hang-ups. Obviously the donations are going to telemarketing companies and NOT to the animals. They are off our list and we will never donate again. Shame on them.
I think that CEO's salary is too high for this organization. Think how many animals can be fed with this money (over $5000,000). Most of us donate a very little sum of money that can support about 3 months supply of food for a small sized dog. It is outrageous that a small donation is also supporting the CEO's salary. I would like to more money going to the program.
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The CEO makes $500k/year .... s/he took in $117,222,668 in 2009. You would have no problem with a CEO of a business with $117M in sales/year making $500k (they probably make 10 times that), but in the non-profit world you are outraged?
Getting a CEO with that level of fundraising performance for $500K is a BARGAIN. You think that you could raise 0.01% of that money? Not if your life depended on it.
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I personally experienced the work of the ASPCA when they rescued hundreds of maltreated cats from the hoarder of Caboodle Ranch. The cats were nursed back to health, rehabilitated, and adopted out to loving homes. Even the ferals were rehomed into new colonies.
We have donated to the ASPCA for years and watched directly their activities to help both shelters and animals as well as provide general education. When compared to many of the legislative type education societies vs. actual working with the animals directly, I have found the ASPCA is living up to its reputation of helping animals. I would only advise the donator that their is a distinct difference between legislative/education efforts and actual hands on organizations. BOTH are valuable and BOTH are necessary. This particular organization is more hands-on. The HSUS for example is more the former. I highly recommend the ASPCA as your first entry choice in donating to causes for animals. The second one would be the Humane Society of the US for more pure legislative type work. ASPCA clearly distinguishes itself as a more hands on effort. Well worth the donation!
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I was a donor in their Guardian program which deducts a monthly amount of money every month from my checking account since 2005. Once I read the review here showing that the CEO makes 500,000/yr I was APPALLED! My sister-in-law moved to NY 5 yrs ago and I know all about the cost of living being higher and it still does not make it OK for this organization to pay that kind of salary to anyone, CEO or other! I still donate to HSUS, Wayne Pancelle, their CEO, makes $325,000/yr which is still a very high amount, but it seems more in line w/ what an exceptional leader would make. I also donate heavily to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, and their employees make FAR less than all of these guys! I'm sure the ASPCA still does great work, but this is too big of a turn-off to keep me as a donors!
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