Well Paid for Social Justice

Because Development & Peace is a charity, they are required to report their financial information to the government by completing the T-3010 Charity return.  You can read Development & Peace’s compensation summary here.   The information is from their last filed return for their fiscal period ended August 31, 2010.  (Their 2011 Charity Return for their fiscal period end Aug. 31, 2011 should be up on CRA’s website any time now, since it’s due 6 months after year end.)

I have reproduced the information below for some analysis: 

Line Description Line No.   High Range Mid  Range
Total Compensation 390   $4,716,535 $4,716,535
Part-Time Compensation 380   ($474,833) ($474,833)
Employees           ($40K-$80K) 310   ($400,000) ($300,000)
Employees           ($80K-$120K) 315   ($480,000) ($400,000)
Employees          ($120K-$160K) 320   ($160,000) ($140,000)
Compensation, remaining Emp.   A $3,201,702 $3,401,702
No. of Full Time Emp. 300   66 66
Top 10 Compensated 310,315,320   10 10
No. of remaining Emp.   B 56 56
Avg. sal. of remaining Emp.   A/B $57,173 $60,745

When I first looked at the schedule on CRA’s website, I immediately noticed that the numbers did not appear to make sense.  If one subtracts the part-time salaries and the top 10 paid D&P positions, the average salary for the remaining D&P employees is between $57,000 and $61,000.

Something just doesn’t look right here.  The Schedule for 2009 yields similar results.  How can the average salary of a D&P employee be this high, when D&P is reporting that the 6th-10th highest paid positions are in the $40,000-$80,000 range?

I’m not sure what to make of this.  It’s a rather simple schedule to fill out (I’ve filled it out many times for the charities that I have served on).  Number of employees and the compensation that you pay them.  Pretty simple, right?   (At the top of the form, it specifically says that the number of employees (and therefore the compensation reported) should represent the number of positions the charity had, including both managerial positions and others, and should not include independent contractors.)

The only way this would make sense is if  those remaining 56 employees are also averaging $60,000 per year…which come to think of it…is really not that much of a stretch to believe for the Social Justice industry, is it? 

Socio-political activists, after all, make a good coin.

One thought on “Well Paid for Social Justice

  1. Looks like D&P supporters are paying the salary of 66 employees (full time). Plus, the offices in Montreal and Toronto.
    Just one question- did those supporters realize they were paying the salaries of comfortable urban employees, or did they think they were providing food for the poor?

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