Salaries of the executives of
large U.S. religious organizations
Bernie Dehler, an Evangelical, of FreeGoodNews.com 1 has assembled data about the salary
received by the highest executive officers in the 30 largest religious groups in
the U.S. These are groups whose revenue exceeds 7 million dollars a
year. Of these thirty, 29 are Christian, one is Jewish and none are Muslim. Dehler conducted the survey between 2006-DEC-27 and 2008-JAN-05.
It is important to realize that some of the above receive additional
paychecks from other groups. Franklin Graham, for example, heads up both
Samaritan's Purse and the BGEA ministries. 2
If you wish to donate money to a non-profit religious organization, and
if you believe in "liberty and justice for all," we recommend that you select a
group that exhibits religious tolerance, and minimal sexism, racism, homophobia,
and xenophobia in their broadcasts and publications.
If "liberty and justice for all" is not a prime concern, we recommend that
you select an agency whose highest executive officer is a volunteer, as
evidenced by a $0 figure in the right column. That way, a minimal amount of your
donation will be diverted to pay for their salary.
If you feel that the largeer executive salaries are a disgrace to the
religious community then we recommend that you go to
http://www.prettygoodnews.com/ and consider supporting that group
financially. They post their financial statement at that location.
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