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Review for CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Wake Forest, NC, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I wasn't aware of the huge wages that the president was taking. After looking on guidestar I feel decived that this wasnt previously mentioned on fb. When I donate I want it to go to helping babies not into someones pocket. Taking 1/3 of annual takings is not justifiyable in my mind. I really think this is needs re-thinking.
But at least I Guess they are trying to help.

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

Significantly reduce wages.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

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CHERUBS (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for your comment and allowing us to correct misinformation:

One third of our charity income is not spent on employee income. That is a rumor posted on Facebook to try to deter donations to our charity. Our President makes less than a waitress while working 60+ hours a week so it's not a huge salary by any means. Most non-profit executives make 5 times her salary. She works at CHERUBS to help families, not to make a large salary as she gave up a career and took a pay cut to work at our charity. Again, it's just a false rumor with bad motives. We are sorry that you have been exposed to such negativity.

The Guidestar numbers reflect our first 990 return for that year. When we were audited, the auditor fixed an error in which we made to our own disadvantage. The amended 990 is posted on Guidestar, as well as our audit. Anyone seeking the full information and documentation should easily find all our financials on Guidestar. We feel it is important to be an honest, transparent charity that posts everything for our donors to see and that is reflected in our Gold Level, 5 star charity status.

In fact, we are happy to say that for 2013 it is projected that less than 15% will be spent on all overhead (salary, office rent, etc). With 4500+ families to help now, our charity is too large and offers too many services to run out of a home or with no employees. It's simply too big to be run as a small "mom and pop" support group. We did so for 15 years but now we are growing. That is a good thing so that we can help more babies and families.

Please rest assured that the percentages being posted on Facebook are false and a manipulation of the numbers reported on our 990. We would be happy to explain how a 990 is filled out and what the numbers mean and the percentages are, as well as to point out that we have a full Board of Directors, including an accountant (Treasurer) and attorney (Secretary) to help explain this. We also voluntarily pay to undergo an independent audit to be eligible to be listed in the CFC so we are meticulous in our accounting and go above and beyond most charities in being transparent with our funds so that our donors know where money is spent. We are the only CDH charity to voluntarily post all of our financials and to undergo audits.

When you see rumors posted, please question the motives of who is posting them and why they would want you to not donate to our good charity. If you have any questions please know you can always come to us. You can reach our CPAB at


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