Some professional fundraisers who apparently don’t subscribe to the government’s “do not call” registry, called me at home this morning, asking me to help out the American Lung Association. This led to over to guidestar.org to find out how much these particular do-gooders are paid for doing good.
The most recent Form 990 was for the year ended June 30, 2009 and it was a tough year for the enterprise, with revenues down about 10 percent. Fortunately, it wasn’t such a bad year for employees. Bernadette Toomey paid herself $466,000 (a raise of about $75,000 over the previous year; I thought maybe her high salary was because the job required a medical degree (a practicing pulmonologist in NYC would earn about $196,000), but a Google search reveals that Ms. Toomey has a “a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Marymount Manhattan College and a Masters in Adult Education from American University”). Joseph Bergen clocked in at $357,000 (he left early in the year apparently, and the majority of his cash was $201,000 in severance pay). Charles D. Connor collected $303,000. Kim A. Schwartz raked off $250,000.
I think it would be nice if we could augment the do not call registries with our personal incomes. Then we could check a box “Do not call me if your employees earn more than I do.”