Should Charity Chief Executives work for free?

posted 26.03.2014
A recent poll of 1000 adults conducted by nfpSynergy, has revealed that charities need to be much more transparent when it comes to explaining why they pay salaries to staff. Almost a third of people think that charity Chief Executives should work for free, according to a survey by the sector research organisation nfpSynergy.

The poll, which was carried out in November, asked respondents whether they thought people involved with charities in various categories – such as trustees, street fundraisers etc– should receive a wage, the results showed below:

  • 31% said charity Chief Executives should definitely not/probably not be paid whilst - 44% said they should probably/definitely receive a salary

  • 20% said charity support staff should not be paid - compared with 56% who thought they should

  • 37% thought charity directors should not receive salaries

  • 63% of respondents thought charity shop managers should be paid with just 16% saying they shouldn’t


The survey also asked respondents who they thought were paid from the various positions:

  • 81% correctly though charity Chief Executives were paid

  • 62% incorrectly thought charity presidents were salaried.

  • Almost 33% of respondents incorrectly believed street fundraisers did not receive a wage


Rob White, Marketing Officer at nfpSynergy, said there was a lot of confusion over who was being paid in charities and who was not. He said, "Charities are clearly still not explaining who is paid, who works for free and why their staff are value for money. When will charities learn that they must explain to donors why they need to spend money on salaries?”

"Nearly two-thirds of people mistakenly think a president is paid. Our advice is that, if you have a president, get rid of their title and call them something else or many donors will be thinking they draw a wage."

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