Stephanie, my long-time liberal friend with a severe allergy against work, is my early-warning system for all up-and-coming notions and fads of the Left. Whatever her latest craze invariably turns out to be the Left’s next great wave.
Some 15 years ago, Stephanie suddenly got it into her head that she should start her own non-profit, “Goddess Garden.” (Stephanie is a wiccan witch, whose “religion” is Goddess worship.) She would get a plot of land, plant flowers in it, and get donors to finance the whole venture while she draws a handsome salary as founder and director.
I know, I know. You and I do the same thing. We call it a home garden. What silly suckers we are!
Stephanie’s Goddess Garden was my early-warning radar system about the equal-opportunity (both left and right) boondoggle called The NonProfit Charity. Alas, as this article about the famous human rights non-profit Amnesty International shows, in too many cases,
profit greed is the prime motivator and the non-profit’s administrators and staff are the real beneficiaries of the charity of good-hearted donors. Research the charity organization before you part with your hard-earned dollars!
Amnesty International top anti-poverty officials resign and pocket £ 850.000
MercoPress . Feb 23, 2011
The UK-based organization, which is not a charity but has an associated charitable arm, the Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust, said it has taken measures to ensure it never makes similar payments again.
Irene Khan, who served as secretary general until December 2009, received more than £530,000 [$852,783]– more than four times her previous salary – according to the most recent accounts of Amnesty International Ltd. Her deputy, Kate Gilmore, who also left in December 2009, received more than £320,000 [$514,888], the accounts show.
Peter Pack, chair of Amnesty International’s international executive committee, declined to comment on the nature of the agreements, but said in a statement: “Before committing to the agreement we signed with Ms Khan, we considered it very carefully and were convinced that it was in the best interest of Amnesty’s work. The payment itself is made up of several elements, some of which dated back several years. This was a unique situation. None of the current employees, including the new secretary general, are on the terms that applied to Ms Khan. The new secretary general, with the full support of the international executive committee, has initiated a process to review our employment policies and procedures to ensure that such a situation does not happen again.”
As the first woman, Asian and Muslim to head the organisation, she spent eight years in charge of Amnesty’s operations, acting as its chief political adviser and strategist, chief spokeswoman and the chief executive officer of the international secretariat….