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Review for Community Health Charities, Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

I'm confused as to why an organization with 13 paid employees needs a CEO drawing a salary of $290K, to manage a suite of recommended charities?

http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/health/community-health-charities-in-alexandria-va-4531/governance-and-staff

BBB shows as an approved "charity" but is it a charity? Seems analgous to a mutual fund that is managing a basket of mutual funds, and showing a small percentage in additional admin fees to do so??

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2013

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mgravholt (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Donor 111 Thank you for your recent comment and question about Community Health Charities. Your question is a good one, and I am glad that you asked it. Founded initially as National Voluntary Health Agencies (NVHA), the organization was created as a membership organization in 1957 by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Easter Seals and United Cerebral Palsy Association. Through our nationwide network of 30 affiliate offices, nearly member 1800 charities, volunteers and staff, our co-operative approach benefits members in three important ways: 1. To your point, yes, our members share the cost of processing large volumes of contributions made by employees in the workplace. Rather than individually investing in staff, training, equipment, and other operational expenses, sharing these costs allows our members to benefit from a highly efficient service center. This approach allows our members to direct more of every donated dollar to mission critical programs and services, rather than infrastructure and administrative staff. 2. In addition to monetary gifts from employees in the workplace, our members consider our Health Matters at Work program a crucial component of their awareness efforts that reach into workplaces that they otherwise would not. 3. Each of our members relies on the gift of time, in addition to donations made to their cause. Through our Volunteer Matters 365 program, we have served as a catalyst, connecting employees in the workplace to thousands of hours of volunteer support needed by our members. To hear more about the value Community Health Charities provides to its members, you can watch this testimonial featuring executives from more than a dozen of our member charities, http://healthcharities.org/Our-Charities. Annually, the Community Health Charities network raises more than $70 million for its member charities. The Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Charities of America, which you are referring to in your post, is responsible for developing, leading, and executing, the coordinated efforts of all 30 separately incorporated affiliates. This includes financial, administrative, and marketing services, universally across the organization. The Community Health Charities of America Chair of the Board, Executive Committee and Board of Directors (which included representatives from its member charities and affiliates) annually reviews the compensation and performance of its chief executive officer to ensure compensation is appropriate based on performance, industry standards, and length of service. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Regards, Molly Gravholt Chief Financial Officer Community Health Charities