February 19, 2015 at 6:59 am EST | by Terry Mulcahy and Joey DiGuglielmo
How much do LGBT organization leaders make?

LGBT organization leaders salary, gay news, Washington Blade

21 Comments
  • Clearly we need not worry about them requiring food stamps.

  • Any salary that is more than 3% of revenue is outrageous. There are numerous volunteers with many more years running non-profits (and for profits) that would take the gig to see it succeed. find them. Challenge them! Where are the accountable boards that are ok with those numbers? I would hate to work in an organization knowing that 25 cents on every dollar I raise goes to the CEO. It should be going to the cause.

  • Great reporting in the Washington Blade Terry Mulcahy. I'm glad it's a more diverse list than previous years.

  • Lourdes Ashley Hunter should be on this list as #1. Out of the 66K TWOCC raised she has taken 100%. This is why Trans Women of Color Collective rejects the notion that we need to be led by a national director. We are a collective and all of our members are encouraged to step into leadership roles. Use the platform to spread the message, not the message to lift up your platform.

  • Corporate greed is corporate greed. No matter what the company is called.

  • ALL GAY Not For Profits should set an example to all other NFP's by eagerly providing their current audited financial reports when asked. In addition I find it amazing how many GAY NFP's do not make available their board minutes, or at the least what are their goals for the coming fiscal year. AND it should be easy for anyone to find on the orgs website who are the board members and the staff. I am very aware of how organizations prepare the fancy marketing "annual reports" that provide the fluff to try to get more donations. What I always love is to do a deep dive into an organization and find out WHO's relatives are on the board and paid staff. The other issue uncovered with the recent Susan B. Coleman revelation is how much the Executive Director was really costing the organization. Her costs were often PAID out of the marketing funds or the local chapter, so getting a TRUE costs had a long paper trail. BE A WISE contributor and ask to see the financials and goals of the organization BEFORE paying for your NEXT high priced dinner ticket or any contributions.

  • Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez no longer works at GetEQUAL current Co-Directors are Angela Peoples and Heather Cronk

  • To decide where to give, salary percentage depends on number of employees one oversees but also how much of the charitable donations go to the cause directly. There are also other factors but hard data to obtain like how much excessive travel, dining, and "lobbying" expenses are written off. If one is to decide which charity to give to, the key thing to know is "direct program dollars" that should be at least 85% for honest credibility. The remaining 15% should be operating expenses, office space, and salaries that are fair (many charitable organizations do not pay their employees fairly with the heads or directors taking obscene salaries).
    If The Blade could provide the data for direct program dollars, operating expenses, and write-offs, some of these salaries might not seem so extreme. Show the whole bigger picture and one of all charitable funding for an honest complete picture by reporting with more journalistic integrity not a sensational piece that will cause people to stop donating to a charity. Living in DC, the World's Capital of Charitable Non-Profits, everyone knows there is a fight for every dollar that comes in, so please do the LBGT community and our Allies a service by telling the whole story.

    Respectfully,
    Michael Hoge
    Washington, DC

  • am i doing the math wrong? i'm not getting the same percentages as they are.

  • am i doing the math wrong? i'm not getting the same percentages as they are.

  • I get nothing, but I run a bi organisation so we don't really count :(

  • I have solely created legal and political change and was a pioneer for the Colorado transgender community in the early 1990's and unfortunately I am on foodstamps. These same leaders in Denver, Colorado turned around and stabbed me in the back by erasing my history. Not a minute goes by that I wish I had a job. Doing legal or political work for a trans org would be a dream job and I could make a difference. But, now I am scared of a community I once helped. Those salaries are ridiculous, given how many of us trans people donate what little we have, while being highly unemployed. I have had many interviews since New Years Day and 2 called me to say nope and the others never called back and I could tell some were wondering about my voice, since at the beginning of this year I had the flu and sounded like Barry White..

  • I have solely created legal and political change and was a pioneer for the Colorado transgender community in the early 1990's and unfortunately I am on foodstamps. These same leaders in Denver, Colorado turned around and stabbed me in the back by erasing my history. Not a minute goes by that I wish I had a job. Doing legal or political work for a trans org would be a dream job and I could make a difference. But, now I am scared of a community I once helped. Those salaries are ridiculous, given how many of us trans people donate what little we have, while being highly unemployed. I have had many interviews since New Years Day and 2 called me to say nope and the others never called back and I could tell some were wondering about my voice, since at the beginning of this year I had the flu and sounded like Barry White..

  • I have solely created legal and political change and was a pioneer for the Colorado transgender community in the early 1990's and unfortunately I am on foodstamps. These same leaders in Denver, Colorado turned around and stabbed me in the back by erasing my history. Not a minute goes by that I wish I had a job. Doing legal or political work for a trans org would be a dream job and I would soooo love it and I could make a huge difference. But, now I am scarred and scared of a community I once helped. Those salaries above are ridiculous, given how many of us trans people donate what little we have, while being highly unemployed and yet highly skilled. Myself included, have good skills, but nada and that worrys me alot. I had a job I loved and got laid off in September 2013 and have been out of work since then and am getting very very scared. I have had many interviews since New Years Day and 2 called me to say nope and the others never called back and I could tell some were wondering about my voice, since at the beginning of this year I had the flu and sounded like Barry White..These salaries are absurd and crazy.. Never knew this, thanks for posting this…

  • To most caucasians this are peanuts, for PoC it's very nice, for TWoC it's the Jack Pot .

  • This doesn't tell us anything useful about the work these people do. How effective are they and their organizations? Are the staff paid fairly at all levels? I'm so tired of the media focusing on executive salaries. It's lazy reporting, and it skews the picture of what it's like for the majority of us working in the nonprofit sector, leaving donors confused about where money really goes (not high salaries) and what it takes to run a strong organization.

  • Its a mix of orgs, so some ED's likely work 80/90 hr weeks mostly on program/fundraising and others sit at a desk 9 to 5 with trips around the country/world. Most of us activists get zero a year and fund program off Kickstarters & Gofundmes. Of all these, F&F is most disturbing to me. Some of us are old enough to remember the AIDS Ride & the Mil March fest scandals. In the bi community, we are more angry that many of these groups use our bad health/economic stats to raise much of this money yet we don't see it reflected in program. The BIAS study shows that many of us don't access LG services because of the discrimination we face as bisexuals in many of those spaces (not here though, DC Center rocks!).

  • is it right that so many of these organisations are so wealthy when most of their goals are mostly won while organisations in countries where homosexuality is illegal struggle to raise any money at all. American donors – time to start investing in a global fund to end the persecution of and discrimination against LGBTI people globally!

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