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Thank you for reading the Paddock Post – an informational website that has evolved to primarily focus on non-profits (although posts on food, books, travel, and current events will appear from time to time).

Non-profits do a lot of great things in this country but all too often a large portion of donations and other income to these organizations are spent on high salaries, benefits, pension and retirement funds, travel, overhead and fundraising costs. I analyze IRS Form 990’s (the tax forms most of these organizations are required to submit annually) and summarize this information in an easy to understand way so readers know where their charitable dollars are spent. In addition, posts are made about executive compensation and other information that is generally not posted on a non-profit’s website. 

15857_10151239143621848_179476073_nThe products I write about have been purchased – not given to me – and I don’t receive anything from vendors or publishers whose products I endorse. There are many small businesses making excellent products and so I pass along this information.

On the personal side, my name is Anne Paddock. After graduating from college, I worked for 5 years, took the GMAT, quit work and went back to school, earning my MBA from Duke University. I went into banking and stayed in that field for 12 years before moving to Europe. Now back in the States with my family, I hope to share what I find, read, and learn through this site.

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  1. Sep 25 2020

    I do not regularly reach out to non-profits because it has not proven to be worthwhile. Marketing staff are geared to present their organization in the best possible light which does not include reporting highly compensated employees, first class travel, charter travel, companion travel, discretionary spending accounts, tax indemnifications, gross up payments, retirement plans, male dominated boards, and that most highly compensated employees are male. Non-profits can choose to be completely transparent and put this information on their websites and as you say “add context” but I have yet to see one that does. I generally report the information the public has a right to know but is not reported on the non-profit’s website. If they reported this information, I wouldn’t have to make these posts.

  2. Damian
    Sep 25 2020

    Thanks for your long term efforts.Non-profit compensation is complicated, but the transparency of sunlight is very important. And someone helping to add context is very helpful.

    Do you regularly reach out to the non-profits to ask them to add insights to your reviews? They may all say no thanks, but that in itself is notable.

  3. Sep 16 2020

    Thanks Rick.

  4. Rick
    Sep 15 2020

    I stumbled on Anne’s site a while back by chance. I appreciate her efforts to provide facts regarding the funding and management of non-profits. The more I read, the more depressed I get to find so many non-profits that pay exorbitant salaries to their upper management and have so many highly paid middle managers. Don’t believe they should starve, but by definition non-profits should be attracting leaders who are there first to serve and yes that might mean earning a slightly less than competitive salary when compared to the private sector..

    The solution is for people who fund these organizations to vote with their dollars. It might be tempting to look towards government to get involved as with so many other problems, but their bureaucracy is one of the worst offenders, padding the nest and leveraging power for family and friends and retiring wealthy. I’m in a life stage that permits me to be more generous with charitable giving, and I’ve begun letting those in charge or doing fund-raising know what I think of the bloated bureaucracies and high salaries.

  5. David Olson
    Sep 14 2020

    FYI. I worked for Compassion International for 44 years. Watched with sadness as humility and ministry were slowly replaced with pridefulness and a sense of entitlement. Retired 5 years ago. Sponsor donations were never sent in whole or in part directly to the children–nor should they have been sent in that manner. The church-based project center received an amount based on the “monthly child support rate”, which ranged from $19-$20 or so. My wife and I no longer sponsor any children nor make any donations to CI due to the high salary rates paid to the upper level staff people. Given the nature of CI’s work, we felt it was inconsistent with Biblical values to pay leaders such high amounts.

  6. Rick
    Jul 30 2020

    Thank you! Regardless of one’s politics, always good to know where all that money is going.

  7. Jul 28 2020

    Great suggestion. I briefly looked them up and found out they were established in 2013. Charity Navigator and Pro Publica have copies of the 2017 Form 990 which doesn’t show much. I went to the Black Lives Matter website but they do not appear to have a link to their most recent Form 990. I emailed them to request a public copy. Unfortunately, there is usually a 1-2 year delay in Form 990 information (i.e. most non-profits have their 2018 out right now). I suspect substantial donations were made in 2019 and 2020 and the Form 990’s for these years won’t be available until 2021-2022. Will keep you posted.

  8. Rick Feiner
    Jul 28 2020

    Just discovered your blog. Would love to hear your analysis of Black Lives Matter (the organization)

  9. rob ditta
    Aug 29 2019

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  10. kurt kitchel
    Jan 31 2019

    I am very interested in the sky high compensation to nonprofit executives. Please post more.

  11. Nov 30 2013

    Hi Anne, A blast from your past..Lisa Olsson, now Ravicz. Formerly MBA world traveler, now mom of 2, husband of 1 and part time teacher of high school drop outs. Life sure is less ambitious and more enjoyable. A friend of mine found your blog, referred it to me and I replied “I know her!” If your travels bring you north I am still living in Cambridge. If your travels bring you waaaaay south, we lived in Chile 3 years ago and have travel hints. Happy Thanksgiving!
    LIsa

  12. Jan 22 2013

    Thanks Amy…so happy you enjoy it.

  13. Amy S. Howell
    Jan 22 2013

    Dear Anne, I have had your 2011 Christmas letter on my desk to respond to your blog for a whole year – finally I went into your blog – it is wonderful. What a talented gal you are – you are truly blessed. Loved reading your bio. I have not read your “thesis” on each subject but will do so. What I have read is most intesting. So enjoyed this year’s card, news, and great pic of all the family. Will be in touch again. All the best, Amy Howell (banking days seem eons ago!

  14. Jan 11 2013

    Thanks.

  15. Jan 11 2013

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, love it! : )

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