“Do you have a minute to save the planet?”
Perhaps you've been asked this question recently on some Washington sidewalk by a young twenty-something. But where do you suppose the money goes if you accept his sales-pitch and make a financial pledge to his organization or one like it?
One possible destination for your cash: huge salaries for top environmental non-profit executives.
The chart below lists only the top beneficiaries of the Green non-profit culture. Among the honorable mentions is former Clerk of the House Jeffrey Trandahl, who made a mere $270,000 at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 2007. For the purpose of comparison, Fred Smith of the pro-business Competitive Enterprise institute, which deals mostly with envirnomental issues as well, makes just over $200,000.
The ten top-paid environmental executives
|Name||Organization||Position||Salary||Retirement Plan/Deferred Compensation||Total|
|Frederic Krupp||Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.||President||$446,072.00||$50,102.00||$496,174.00|
|Carter Roberts||World Wildlife Fund||President||$439,327.00||$47,067.00||$486,394.00|
|Frances Beinecke||Natural Resources Defense Council||President||$357,651.00||$75,308.00||$432,959.00|
|David Yarnold||Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.||Executive Director||$323,801.00||$41,972.00||$365,773.00|
|David Festa||Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.||VP West Coast||$325,559.00||$35,313.00||$360,872.00|
|Stephanie K. Meeks||Nature Conservancy||Acting President||$318,507.00||$30,866.00||$349,373.00|
|Larry Schweiger||National Wildlife Federation||President||$309,579.00||$35,425.00||$345,004.00|
|Eileen Claussen||Pew Center on Global Climate Change||President||$311,500.00||$23,599.00||$335,099.00|
|Rodger Schlickeisen||Defenders of Wildlife||President||$254,947.00||$57,949.00||$312,896.00|
|William Meadows||The Wilderness Society||President||$289,750.00||$18,715.00||$308,465.00|
Source: IRS, 2007 data.
— With Amanda Kruse