We’ve been duped. America is filled with fun-loving and caring people. The viral ice bucket challenge has combined both our sense of responsibility to our fellow human with fun. And it has been fun! Who didn’t love seeing Sarah Palin doused?

But wait? Ice Bucket Challenge donations are nearing $100 MILLION. Where is that money going?

According to the ALS Foundation, not towards ALS. Over 73% of all donations raised are going to fundraising, overhead, executive salaries, and external donations. Less than 27% is actually used for the purpose we donated for.  According to the ECFA, a charitable watchdog, 27% of donations actually making it to the cause they are donated to is unacceptable. In fact, the ECFA won’t deem a non-profit as a reliable charity unless at least 80% of donations make it to their intended projects.

Here’s the breakdown of the ALS Foundation’s Financials: 

als donations

Employee salaries at the ALS Foundation are out-of-this-WORLD!

  • Jane H. Gilbert – President and CEO –$339,475.00
  • Daniel M. Reznikov – Chief Financial Officer – $201,260.00
  • Steve Gibson – Chief Public Policy Officer – $182,862.00
  • Kimberly Maginnis -Chief of Care Services Officer – $160,646.00
  • Lance Slaughter -Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer – $152,692.00
  • Michelle Keegan – Chief Development Officer – $178,744.00
  • John Applegate – Association Finance Officer – $118.726.00
  • David Moses – Director of Planned Giving – $112,509.00
  • Carrie Munk – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer – $142,875.00
  • Patrick Wildman – Director of Public Policy – $112,358.00
  • Kathi Kromer – Director of State Advocacy – $110,661.00








36 More Mondays to go…

So, this is the story of the run-up to the next election, the first week of May in 2015. This is the biggest election of our current generation. The Conservative/LibDem partnership for the last 4 year ends and it is all to play for… The LibDems have managed to all but vanish from the landscape, and the Conservative Party has been splintered by UKIP. So right now we are in a short term election battle for one of our wards, the Old Dean. Here’s our man, Max Nelson…

The seat was vacated by the passing of long-term Councillor Margaret Moher, who had been there for a couple of decades… So, usually none of us would participate on a campaign on the Old Dean, as we normally have our own battles to worry about, but this is quite different…

I’ve been up canvassing with Max, and have learned a lot. Clearly the people on the Old Dean have been very poorly represented in the last several years. We are finding all kinds of areas that need fixing. So once this little by-election is done, then back on to the good stuff…