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CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
February 7, 2011

This is an institution that epitomizes how non-profit organizations generate negative stereotypes for the sector. The compensation allocated to the 4 top employees indicates salaries that represent more than 13.2% of the operating budget. Typically the benchmark for non-profits is 12% of the operating budget allocated to the full/overall administration of the organization, but 13.2% to senior staff salaries is unconscionable.

One must wonder where is the Board in its fudiciary responsibility of an organization that is clearly experiencing financial difficulties, but continues to fund individual staff members rather than focus its resources on the mission and operations of a historical organization such as this.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have visited the Garden and noted the decline of the exhibits and the building while wondering what was happening and how the mission would continue to be served, given current financial challenges.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

First review best practices for the financial management and structure of non-profit orgaizations and then develop a realistic business plan that would ensure the future financial viability of the organization.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I am a visitor of the institution.

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