Friday, March 31, 2006

2339 Why would you donate to WHYY?

It's close to tax time (although we're self-employed and every quarter is tax time at our house). Do you know what your charity dollars are doing? WHYY is a public broadcasting station serving PA, DE, and NJ. It overpays its CEO and spends 42% of your donation on fundraising and administration. Look for another charity. If they want to pay the CEO $371,000, he should be doing a better job.

"WHYY operates TV12 and 91FM, the public broadcasting stations serving southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey. WHYY makes our region a better place, connecting each of us to the world's richest ideas and all of us to each other. WHYY TV12, serving the Delaware Valley for more than 30 years, broadcasts to more than 2.6 million households in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. WHYY also operates TV64 in Seaford, which transmits TV12 programming to southern Delaware. WHYY 91FM coverage extends as far north as Princeton, New Jersey; south to New Castle County, Delaware; and throughout Philadelphia and the four surrounding counties." Charity Navigator "Low rated charities paying top salaries to CEOs"

But WWHY is a piker compared to Jazz at Lincoln Center, which pays its CEO 44% of its total budget! Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, on the other hand, will put 88% of your dollar into programing, much of it for children.

This charity website explains its rating system from None (really awful) to one star (poor) to four stars (excellent). You can check by city, region, type or keyword. I was sorry to see that the Columbus Museum of Art only got one star. We go there a lot.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's WHYY. I live in NJ and receive programming from WHYY, WNJN, and NY's public TV station. Often, I like the variety of programming on WHYY best.

Anonymous said...

Lincoln Center - 4.4% not 44% goes to their two top people:
1.11% to the CEO and 3.55% to their Artistic Director - one Wynton Marsalis. yes they are paying Wynton over a million per year but then he is worth more than 3 times what the CEO is worth.

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